January 17, 2006

One by One

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds -- Chapter...

November 21, 2005

Philip Pullman, Identity and Crowds

"I feel with some passion that what we truly are is private, and almost infinitely complex, and ambiguous, and both external and internaland double- or triple- or multiply natured, and largely mysterious, even to ourselves; and furthermore that what...

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

Powerful beyond imagination

"Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination." - Einstein...


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......

September 16, 2005

Templeton, Power and Stewardship

John Templeton in the New Scientist (it's a pay-for read)"Science creates vast power rapidly ... [but] to invest in advancing power without investing in stewardship is folly"...

September 15, 2005

Playing a part

I liked this from Sweet Hallucinations Of A Psycho. I had a dream... I always wanted to become a famous talented actor & take part in an important play as the main charecter... Decades have passed and my talent wasted....

June 6, 2005

History and humility

Quote for the day:"A man who does not know what has been thought by those who have gone before him is sure to set an undue value upon his own ideas" - Source: Mark Pattison, MemoirsI don't really know how...

April 18, 2005

Doing what counts

From John Seddon, a business psychologist with a knack of putting things succinctly:"People do what you count, not what counts. Targets always make things worse."...

Thinking things are different

Wall Street financier Sir John Templeton has some wise words:The four most dangerous words in investment are: "It's different this time"Wonder how much that applies to social software and organisational behaviours?...

Naked communication

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

March 17, 2005


The life of a user

February 11, 2005

The message from geneticists

... is to favour PKM.

January 27, 2005

Commanding Information

"It's like the weather. A commander does not need to know the barometric pressure or the winds or even the temperature. He needs to know the forecast. If you get too caught up in the production of information, you drown...

December 10, 2004

Quotes and Originality

DL Sayers quotation on the benefits of quotations

December 8, 2004

Best Practice and the Excluded Middle

On balancing efficiency and creativity, and how you can be a ballerina without wearing tights.

October 28, 2004

Thought for the day

On writing and who you are

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

September 24, 2004

Dick, Qualifications & Madness

Quote from Philip K. Dick.

August 5, 2004

The Blind Men and The Elephant

On blind men, elephants and knowledge

Maps, Sense & Holub

On the information you have being better than the information you "need"

June 2, 2004

Burke's Unending Conversation

On Burke's "never-ending conversation" metaphor

December 9, 2003

Quote #1 - Alienated Intellect

On Darwin's tragic loss of taste in the arts

December 3, 2003

The Art of Research

On research being about asking the right questions.