Museums are retirement homes for culture.
Only a failing space company says the sky’s the limit.
Random thought: Battleships in the coming years will become obsolete, like horses were in the age of the tank. Namely, thousands of drones being controlled by an AI can neutralize a battleship and are way cheaper. Imagine 500 tiny drones carrying a payload and ‘sacrificing’ themselves. How can a battleship defend against that? @joaoeira Kamikaze […]
Dan Smith, On the Nature of Concepts Deleuze has a concept called “universal thought flow” which is like a background stupidity that we all partake in during normal life. The art of genius and intelligence is the ability to pluck good ideas out of this flow of mostly stupid thoughts that we are inundated with.
On the Google memo, Mark Tarver is sober and logical as usual
A quote that describes basically my entire year thus far: There’s nothing quite as… disheartening? as coming across what you thought was a new approach or idea and realizing you had been there a year ago. from Keeping a lab notebook with org-mode, git, Papers, and Pandoc.
From David Baker on Nautilus: Even more remarkably, nature seems to have made use of only a tiny fraction of the potential protein structures available—and there are many. Therein lies an amazing set of opportunities to design novel proteins with unique structures: synthetic proteins that do not occur in nature, but are made from the […]
De Landa Destratified on Techgnosis. Some quotes I like: I don’t believe there is such a thing as postmodernism. It’s exhausted. We truly need a complete new thing, and [Deleuze and Guattari’s] A Thousand Plateaus is the direction. Those guys are fifty or sixty years ahead of everyone else. You read it at first and […]
The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), Bravo and the History Channel (the “History” stood for History) promised to add texture and information […]
Korzybski’s fundamental idea was that the structure of the language molds human thought process, often in a detrimental manner. From an article on Cut the Knot