(Broad-band internet link from Aotou, China enables this post !) Finished Barfield’s History in English Words and started Rorty’s Contingency, Irony and Solidarity on the flight. Barfield uses etymology of English words to paint a picture of the history of thought through language, not just through the stems and origins of the individual words, but […]
Entries from November 2003
0 November 23, 2003 at 10:14am by Psybertron
0 November 21, 2003 at 8:43am by Psybertron
I’ve tried to keep Psybertron away from global politics subjects, despite noting the subconscious kick in the pants 9/11 gave to its motivation (see footnote on every page), mainly I guess not to overstate any impression of self-importance and to keep in perspective of what I might aim to achieve in my world of business, […]
0 November 17, 2003 at 10:59pm by Psybertron
Lifecycle Information Management – Computerworld link [via Jack Vinson], of day job significance. You seen this Leon ?
2 November 17, 2003 at 10:17pm by Psybertron
Have Aryan’s been air-brushed from history ?(Apparently the term is no longer PC – Indo-European is preferred – but was this just a region containing a group of peoples, or a people consiting of a common culture and language ? – a key point blurred by the PC term – thanks to LanguageHat.) I’m reading […]
0 November 17, 2003 at 10:01pm by Psybertron
Personal Use of Corporate Computing is Good – Lilia Efimova via Oliver Wrede.
0 November 17, 2003 at 9:59pm by Psybertron
Technorati Weblog Stats – And that’s just Technorati ! David Sifry (Technorati creator and host) via Oliver Wrede
0 November 17, 2003 at 9:47pm by Psybertron
Disposable Bang – Cape Times via Gimbo. Made me smile.
1 November 17, 2003 at 9:17pm by Psybertron
Language Hat – Interesting linguistic site blogged here by the Apothecary. In view of the Owen Barfield posts below, and coming next, you’ll understand why this post on an (sic) obscure word struck a chord too. If we only ever read writers who only ever used words we already knew in contexts we already knew, […]
0 November 17, 2003 at 8:32pm by Psybertron
The Cynefin Centre – Also via Ton, who reports on the KM Europe Conference where Dave Snowden of IBM’s Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity spoke – creating a new, emergent simplicity for the on-demand-era, working in un-ordered systems known as contextual complexity provides both pragmatic and conceptual capability for the people aspects of the on-demand […]
0 November 17, 2003 at 7:42pm by Psybertron
Ton quotes Rorty on Catch-22 – Ton Zijlstra‘s post “Wrong Vocabulary” includes a quote from Rorty, which is another good statement of my Catch-22 [Quote] It reminds me of American pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty who stated that it is not possible to argue the pragmatist case with the vocabulary of Platonian dichotomies, the very thing […]
1 November 16, 2003 at 7:12pm by Psybertron
Just read Barfield’s Poetic Diction, originally published in 1928, when he was 30. This Weslyan University Press edition has a 1973 Foreword by Howard Nemerov, as well as an original 1928 Preface, and 1952 Preface and a 1972 Afterword all by Barfield. I can see why people recommended I look at Barfield after Pirsig, Northrop […]
0 November 16, 2003 at 6:00pm by Psybertron
Steven Pinker Interview – Pre-Blank-Slate interview from Meaning of Life TV [via James Marshall on MoQ]. My review of Pinker’s Blank Slate.
0 November 10, 2003 at 11:44am by Psybertron
Fritjof Capra – Tao of Physics (1975)Fritjof Capra – Turning Point (1982)Malcolm Gladwell – Tipping Point (2000 / 2002)Michael Talbot – Holographic Universe (1990 / 1992)Michael Talbot – Mysticism and the New Physics (Written 1975 / 1981 / 1993 Read already)Fritjof Capra – Web of Life (1996)Fritjof Capra – Hidden Connections (2002)(Plus systems theory stuff […]
0 November 9, 2003 at 9:21pm by Psybertron
Pirsig presented to the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association on 13th October 1961 [see Timeline]. It seems Owen Barfield is a regular item on the RMMLA agenda. And this is a much better Barfield link that the one I blogged earlier which is a nasty frames-base site.
1 November 9, 2003 at 8:41pm by Psybertron
Another little synchronicity the other day. When I mentioned to someone in the Pickerell (by Magdelene in Cambridge) that Barfield was on the reading list after Northrop, they knew of the C.S.Lewis / Inklings connection I blogged earlier. I knew of the Oxford 1917 to 1924 connection when Lewis (at University College Oxford) met Barfield […]
0 November 6, 2003 at 10:08pm by Psybertron
I’m that close to finishing Northrop – 20 pages maybe (Post note – Completed Northrop BTW) – so I’ve got some more reading material lined-up, already despatched from Amazon. Richard Rorty – Philosophy and Social HopeRichard Rorty – Contingency, Irony, and SolidarityOwen Barfield – Poetic Diction: A Study in MeaningOwen Barfield – History in English […]
1 November 6, 2003 at 8:05pm by Psybertron
Do You Skype ? – Skype – From those whacky people that brought you peer to peer file-sharing via Kazaa in the wake of Napster, a peer-to-peer, free, international, internet, voice and text, PC phone service – dead simple and it works – remarkably well, no-delay and crystal clear. Noticed cropping up on several blogger […]
0 November 3, 2003 at 3:16pm by Psybertron
Picked up Jack Vinson’s blog [Knowledge Jolt with Jack] from a backtrack link. Some interesting knowledge management stuff with common chemical engineering heritage. Great set of links in his blogroll, beyond the usual KM’ers, including for example … Hal Macomber’s blog [Reforming Project Management] has this Insead paper on Uncertainty and Chaos on Project Management.
0 November 1, 2003 at 1:15am by Psybertron
Introducing New Ideas Into Organisations – Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising at Uni of North Carolina [via Spike Hall] have a paper (draft of a book) that intrigues me. Partly this is because introducing change into organisations was the subject of a dissertation I wrote ealier, and partly because I am in the middle […]
0 November 1, 2003 at 12:16am by Psybertron
As We Know It – Paul Kelly’s blog is always a good intelligent read even if I don’t often blog specific links. Good one on recently deceased Neil Postman’s Technopoly. The whole Apollonian Posession series. The update on his necessary hype blog from earlier. Go have a read. (Envy blogging – linking to things you […]