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The Feedback Principle is one of the fictional publications quoted in the game.

Is is authored by Prokhor Zakharov.

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Begin with a function of arbitrary complexity. Feed it values, "sense data". Then, take your result, square it, and feed it back into your original function, adding a new set of sense data. Continue to feed your results back into the original function ad infinitum. What do you have? The fundamental principle of human consciousness.