Someone (George Bernard Shaw apparently ?) said [Quote] The communication problem is the illusion that it has taken place. [Unquote]. In checking this out I also came across a whole screed of apposite Albert Einstein quotes … [Quote] Imagination is more important than knowledge. [Unquote] and [Quote] The most incomprehensible thing about the world is […]
Entries from April 2003
0 April 30, 2003 at 10:21am by Psybertron
0 April 24, 2003 at 8:58am by Psybertron
Just a quick progress note – day job precludes extensive analysis – Finished Nietzsche’s Beyond Good & Evil, and re-started Rorty’s Philosophy and the Mirror on Nature. So much Nietzsche rings true, and his arrogant self-assured style is breathtaking. Mysogeny – OK got me there – well let’s put it down to the chauvinism of […]
1 April 23, 2003 at 2:37pm by Psybertron
Blinded by the Light #2 – Blogged this link yesterday. Having now read it I thought I’d share this substantial quote from Rory Remer at Kentucky Uni (working in “educational and counselling psychology” – though it could be any domain of interest IMHO.) I know nothing of the source credentials, but I feel I could […]
0 April 23, 2003 at 1:36pm by Psybertron
Life is but a Joke – Jim Watson, of Watson and Crick DNA Structure fame, interviewed by Tim Adams in the Guardian, [via NIBBS] says that [Quote] practical jokes and being politically incorrect are what life – and science – is all about.[Unquote]. My theme is “many a true word (spoken in jest)”.
0 April 22, 2003 at 10:17pm by Psybertron
Philosophy on the Web [via Jeremy Hunsinger][via Metafilter]Philosophy Radio (Steam driven wireless broadcast, as opposed to Userland)Philosophy Lectures(cached pages at Google if bandwidth exceeded.)I Feel Therefore I Am. Some excellent links here.Philosophy Pages much updated from earlier link.Philosophy in Hyperspace
1 April 22, 2003 at 6:59pm by Psybertron
Philosophical Profile – The Ethical Philosophy Selector [via Alex Halavais] [via Jeremy Hunsinger]. My profile is …1. Spinoza (100%) 2. Aquinas (89%) 3. Stoics (89%) 4. Aristotle (86%) 5. Nietzsche (85%) 6. Jeremy Bentham (70%) 7. Epicureans (68%) 8. Jean-Paul Sartre (68%) 9. Nel Noddings (65%) 10. Plato (64%) No great surprise in fact except […]
0 April 22, 2003 at 3:26pm by Psybertron
Beautiful Synchronicity – Saw American Beauty for the first time yesterday, and thought it a magic film, though I didn’t analyse why. Today I find a review of American Existentialism (following a William Barrett link) that lists the release of American Beauty as a significant Existentialist event (ditto the release of Fight Club). [George Cotkin […]
0 April 22, 2003 at 3:12pm by Psybertron
BlogStreet – I’d forgotten about this.
0 April 22, 2003 at 3:05pm by Psybertron
Personal Knowledge Publishing – Interesting paper by Seb published last October, analysing the phenomenon of personal knowledge publishing, and the role of blogs et al.
0 April 22, 2003 at 2:57pm by Psybertron
Blinded By The Light – Picked-up on this paper by Rory Remer, Uni of Kentucky about supplanting logical positivism with a more “functional” paradigm, due to link on “Cognitive Dissonance Theory” [Festinger 1968]. No idea if the content of the paper is of any value ?
0 April 22, 2003 at 2:23pm by Psybertron
Social Software Alliance – Interesting that a main topic of the early work of this group, apart from ontologies / definitions of “topics” / interoperabilities, is unique identity of (social) individuals and communities – Friend of a Friend (FoaF) has been suggested. Given the significance of identity (URI’s) for knowledge factoids, and the need for […]
0 April 22, 2003 at 1:13pm by Psybertron
Stealing Ideas ? – Quote by David Gurteen from Howard Aitken [Quote] Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.[Unquote] Compare with this apparently conflicting Victor Hugo quote blogged earlier. [Quote] An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea […]
0 April 22, 2003 at 1:03pm by Psybertron
Conflicting Models of Learning and Knowledge – Excellent analysis from Oliver Wrede at Seblogging (Seb Fielder’s aggregator ?) [via McGee] (Such a tangled web it’s getting hard to distinguish whose thoughts are who’s in this analysis). Anyway [Quote] Needless to say that the same dilemma can be found in countless corporate environments, too. [Unquote] Seblogging […]
0 April 22, 2003 at 12:44pm by Psybertron
More on Motivation and Context – A little parable brought to my attention by Seb arising from a misunderstanding between two “communities” of knowledge personified by Stephen Downes and David Wiley. Of course bloggers are not “the” community, just one (set of) many (sets of) communities with vaious levels of communication links between them. In […]
1 April 22, 2003 at 12:19pm by Psybertron
[Quote] A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.[Unquote] from Victor Hugo via the Quotations Page, [via Curry], who also cites [Quote] An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.[Unquote] also from Victor Hugo.
0 April 22, 2003 at 12:12pm by Psybertron
Information Motivation – Post from Jerry Ash that has spawned an interesting discussion thread on motivation behind communication. I responded to Denham Grey’s contribution. My position is, and always has been, that intent (motive) is a key (necessary) component of a good information model.
0 April 22, 2003 at 11:54am by Psybertron
MIT on McLuhan – How the act of communicating (through the media) changes what appears to be known, even knowable ? [via AsWeKnowIt]. See also earlier McLuhan link.
0 April 22, 2003 at 11:41am by Psybertron
Semantic Networks – Excellent summary from John Sowa. [via Jorn]
0 April 22, 2003 at 11:26am by Psybertron
His NIBBS – Dr Ian Pitchford runs the Human Nature Review and publishes this Daily Review of news in evolutionary psychology as “NIBBS“. [via Jean-Luc Delatre]. Recent editions include very positive reviews of Pinker’s “The Blank Slate”, Dennett’s “Freedom Evolves” and Jones’ “Y – The Descent of Men”. A positive gold mine of material.
0 April 22, 2003 at 10:58am by Psybertron
Jean-Luc Delatre – Only just discovered this site, following some feedback from Jean-Luc. An interesting mix of Tao (Zen) thought with epistemology and ontologies. It seems Jean-Luc has been venting his frustration with the ontology approach at SUO / SUMO, where he has crossed swords with fellow conspirator at EPISTLE, Matthew West.
0 April 22, 2003 at 10:35am by Psybertron
Karun Philip – Mentioned earlier, a thread with Karun Philip arising from a discussion over Wolfram’s ANKOS. Karun has since started a blog.