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August 18 2012

August 17 2012

Russell observes that "the process of the inference cannot be reduced to symbols. Its sole record is the occurrence of ⊦q [the consequent] . . . an inference is the dropping of a true premise; it is the dissolution of an implication".
I would really like to have someone unpack this for me.
Modus ponens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

August 16 2012

The power of social systems over individuals becomes understandable, I think, only if we see that social systems provide for their members not only sources of livelihood, protection against outside threat and the promise of economic security, but a framework of theory, values, and related technology which enables individuals to make sense of their lives. Threats to the social system threaten this framework.
— --Donald Schon in "Beyond the Stable State"
quoted in "Working on a Team as a UX Designer"
We often fail to realize how little we know about a thing until we attempt to simulate it on a computer.
--Donald E. Knuth; "The Art of Computer Programming" Volume 1,
quoted in Knuth on Knowing « Andy Skelton

July 15 2012

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
— Therefore? Therefore .
Reposted bysiriusminervasoVERYawesome

June 03 2012

Social navigation tools are designed to enable users to be aware of, and be guided by, the activities of other during information seeking … the benefits of social navigation include not only more efficient information seeking and handling but also the promise of a more socially translucent experience.
— J. Foster ‘Collaborative information seeking and retrieval.’ (2006)
cited in PhD thesis by George Siemens

May 20 2012

Imatters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.


If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question I could solve the problem in less than 5 minutes.
Albert Einstein Quotes - Page 4 - BrainyQuote

May 10 2012

“What von Neumann contributed” was “this unshakable confidence that said: ‘Go ahead, nothing else matters, get it running at this speed and this capability, and the rest of it is just a lot of nonsense.’ . . . People ordinarily of modest aspirations, we all worked so hard and selflessly because we believed — we knew — it was happening here and at a few other places right then, and we were lucky to be in on it. . . . A tidal wave of computational power was about to break and inundate everything in science and much elsewhere, and things would never be the same.”
— Julian Bigelow, the Maniac’s chief engineer, in ‘Turing’s Cathedral,’ by George Dyson (NYTimes)

May 03 2012

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
T. S. Eliot: The Rock

April 20 2012

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
— --George S. Patton

April 18 2012

You can recognize a really good idea by the fact that its implementation seems impossible in the first place.
— – Albert Einstein
Reposted byolgabackontrackthtwins4ever

April 14 2012


"As the world goes, the strong will do as they please and the weak will suffer what they must."

— "The Peloponnesian War" --Thucydides
Thirty Seconds To Mars - "This Is War" (YouTube)

April 07 2012

... You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it and wipe it clean of life—but if you desire to defend it, protect it and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did, by putting your young men in the mud.
T.R. Fehrenbach Quotes (Author of This Kind of War)
How do we prosper as a society? How can we define and achieve our ideals? What are the foundations of civil discourse? What is truth? What is right reason? How do we foster fair play and goodwill?
The Roots of Sound Rational Thinking

January 22 2012

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.”
Robert A. Heinlein Quotes (Author of Stranger in a Strange Land)
Reposted byLifeof Lifeof

January 21 2012

John Adams, "I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy . . . ," quoted in Seabury and Codevilla, War: Ends and Means, p. 3.
cited in Irfan Khawaja, “Victory: Means and End”
Reason Papers | A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies

January 20 2012

Like Plato, Strauss taught that within societies, "some are fit to lead, and others to be led," according to Drury. But, unlike Plato, who believed that leaders, which he called philosopher-kings, had to be people with such high moral standards that they could resist the temptations of power, Strauss thought that "those who are fit to rule are those who realise there is no morality and that there is only one natural right, the right of the superior to rule over the inferior."

Moral law was nonetheless indispensable Strauss' view because "it is necessary to keep internal order." It should be propagated through religion, which, like Karl Marx, Strauss considered to be "the opiate of the people," or in Strauss' own words, "a pious fraud." But religion is for the masses alone; the rulers need not be bound by it; indeed it would be absurd if they were, because they know there is no reality behind it.
ref_Leo Strauss

December 24 2011

The idea of democracy is a wider and fuller idea than can be exemplified in the state even at its best. To be realized, it must affect all modes of human association, the family, the school, industry, religion. And even as far as political arrangements are concerned, governmental institutions are but a mechanism for securing to an idea channels of effective operation. ... Regarded as an idea, democracy is not an altrenative to other principles of associated life. It is the idea of democracy itself." --John Dewey, "The Public and its Problems (1927; p. 143, 148)
Democracy as problem solving: civic ... - Xavier de Souza Briggs - Google Books

December 11 2011

even if the received opinion be not only true, but the whole truth; unless it is suffered to be, and actually is, vigorously and earnestly contested, it will, by most of those who receive it, be held in the manner of a prejudice, with little comprehension or feeling of its rational grounds. And not only this, but, fourthly, the meaning of the doctrine itself will be in danger of being lost, or enfeebled, and deprived of its vital effect on the character and conduct: the dogma becoming a mere formal profession,
JS Mill's Mill's On Liberty" (Chapter II; "Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion")
Online Guide to Ethics and Moral Philosophy

November 28 2011

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
... at BrainyQuote
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