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Monday, October 14, 2002

The NewsLog of Flemming Funch
 Monday, October 14, 20022002-10-15 02:17
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  • Dave Winer is thinking about thinking. That's a good thing. So is some unknown person at Thoughts on Thinking. The people at Minciu Sodas in Lithuania think about thinking too.

    Dave thinks his mind is hierarchical. I don't think mine is. If it were, I wouldn't have so much trouble keeping track of things. I think my mind is a network, with connections criss-crossing all around. And I think my mind has a helluva lot of dimensions, but the outside world seems to be telling me that everything has 1, 2 or 3 dimensions, and that the way of organizing things is hierarchical. I don't think so. I think that's what's screwed up about the world. I want to store and find things whichever way inspires me at the moment. Where I think something fits at one point in time doesn't match where I think it fits a week later. See my OrgSpace vision. But, I admit, what I'm talking about here is *information*. My real world stuff is pretty much hierarchical, and each thing has one right place. My screwdriver goes in that cup on the table, which is in my office, and my keys are in my right pocket, of my jacket, which is on that hook on the door. But my mind no longer matches the physical world. A desktop or a window or a bulletin board or the pocket of my jacket is no longer a good metaphor for how I organize information.

  • Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman has been awarded the Nobel prize in economics. His work in socalled "behavioral economics" punches some holes in one of the fundamental principles of classical economics - the expectation that the market will behave rationally, based on the available information. People don't always make rational, self-interested decisions. We behave "irrationally" all the time. Most ordinary people could tell you that. But for an economist that idea is apparently a bit of a blow. Jerry Michalski is thinking about that.

  • There was another rocket in the sky this evening over Southern California. This time I actually saw it when it was flying, rather than just catching the trail of the fuel afterwards. I just happened to be looking out the window at the time, and this very bright moving light appeared. And within a few minutes it was gone, but left the colorful trail, which I've seen before. Apparently it was another ICBM, which later on was shot down by another missile over the Marshall Islands. I suppose they're rattling their sabers a bit.

    "Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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    20 Dec 2014 @ 00:40 by Iwan @ : fxpbbbLbOf
    I am on the verge of resigning from the LibDems, hanvig been a member for 45 years. Why? because of its continuing anti-nuclear power policy. I was one of those who was delighted to see that Lovelock (he of the Gaia hypothesis) and Bishop Montefiore both vehemently anti-nuclear power writers and speakers- publicly changed their minds, hanvig once compared carbon emmissions from different electricity generating stations. I fully expected a modern-thinking Lib-Dem party to follow suit, but sadly they are still believing the nonsense being put out by the so-called green' fringe.Wind farms belong off-shore, as do wave machines, and as for solar power where's the sun? Coal is far too valuable a resource to burn.Come on Ming get real. Unless we build nuclear power stations now, we can never meet the UK's modest carbon emission targets. You know it makes sense!SincerelyNick HanceBuckland, Oxfordshire  

    23 Dec 2014 @ 17:24 by Lucas @ : IGobWGpFuOvlIYSOACiZ
    It was with great shock and sadness I heard of your risgenation. Your departure is a great loss to the Liberal Democrats. Your ability ability to speak with common sense, clarity and to the point is a sign of honesty and wisdom. Too may politicians deliberately use obfuscation as a tool to hide their incompetence and their deviousness. The lack of calm forethought based upon practical experience is a cause of many problems, such as the Iraq conflict. Sound judgement coupled with honesty used to be the quality which elevated politicians into statesmen: you posses it . Genius recognises talent: mediocrity only sees itself. I wish you every success and happiness and hope you continue giving your wise counsel to this country.  

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