October 25, 2005

The rounded vision of a child

Holiday reading quote #3, from Ziauddin Sardar's Desperately Seeking Paradise. On the one hand, it's an autobiography detailing one moderate Muslim's struggles to find paradise; on the other, it's a fascinating view of the some of his struggles with fundamentalists,...

October 24, 2005

Conventional Wisdom

Holiday reading quote #2, from the I thought disappointing Freakonomics. (Steven Levitt is clearly frighteningly clever, but I felt that the "rogue economist" label, and the profusion of hyperbrilliant, superintellectual and ultragenius tags actually detracted from what was being said....

Slowness

Holiday reading quote #1, from Carl Honore's brilliant In Praise of Slow:"The Slow movement is on the march. Instead of doing everything faster, many people are decelerating and finding that Slowness helps them to live, work, think and play better......

August 17, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #2

(Following on a little tardily from May's notes) Chapter 2: Modern discovery of Primary Oral Cultures Early Awareness of Oral Tradition Tradition of writing down sayings longlived: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 "Besides being wise, Qoheleth taught the people knowledge, and weighed, scrutinized...

June 16, 2005

About My Books

Picking up [via Euan] on the book thingamebob ... Total number of books I have owned: Too many - I know I should take books out from the library, but for some reason it's not the same ... Last book...

May 4, 2005

Notes on Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy #1

This post is the first in a series of notes on Walter Ong's book Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. The book, so far, is a corker, and looks to have significant implications for any discussion of "markets...

April 18, 2005

Naked communication

On F.X.Enderby and being naked without mechanically mediated communication.

March 4, 2005

Documentation, reflection, learning & design

Interesting paper here I thought, from some folks in Strathclyde using Tikiwiki. The abstract is :As product development teams become global in scale, more of this process is carried out in the digital domain. This paper examines the impact of...

October 5, 2004

The Rules of the Love Doctor

On Maths, Sex and how their relationship might apply to social software.

September 29, 2004

The Culture of Collecting

Just started reading a book all about classification and its embodiment, collecting - and this quote has me intrigued

June 4, 2004

The Wisdom of Crowds

On a book that might explain why crowds of fools might outperform (highly paid) experts.

January 14, 2004

The Making of Memory: Chapter 4 Notes - PT II

On the 3 types of scientific metaphor, and the grim ascendancy of maths over biology.

December 3, 2003

Book to Look for

On a new book about societies' methods of dealing with the unxeplained.

December 1, 2003

The Making of Memory

On buying a new book about memory