April 26, 2006

Simplicity is hard

David Weinberger has an interesting thought.Knowing has been primarily a way of seeing the simplicity behind the world's apparent complexity. But now as a culture we're busy complexifying everything we can. E.g., blogs take a simple idea and turn it...

November 11, 2005

Philosophy Bears and Fruit

From China Daily, Society must not shun philosophersA friend of mine once told me a joke: A job hunter, a philosophy major, went here, there and everywhere in his search for employment, but in vain. Having run out of options,...

October 24, 2005


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 30, 2005

The importance of openness

RSS may well be the glue that keeps much of social computing from coming unstuck, but open, personal gumpf might well be the glue for communities. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle has a humble theory that makes a...

May 25, 2005

On Bullshit

Slightly alarmingly, as part of Princeton's 100 Years of ExcellenceH.G. Frankfurt is interviewed about his book "On Bullshit". (There's a video of it which is worth watching, though the interviewer seems to need the bathroom) "One of the most salient...

August 5, 2004

The Blind Men and The Elephant

On blind men, elephants and knowledge

February 2, 2004

Hares imply Tortoises

On slowness

January 14, 2004

More metaphors, same brain

On metaphors for the brain

January 5, 2004

Hermeneutics & How to Interpret

On the study of interpetation

December 10, 2003

The Future of Networks (and other theories)

On spotting a common trajectory for holistic theories like Complexity.