You are no liars, I am a liar.

Things just don’t work like that

November 25th, 2009

The saying 'Things just dont work like that' is a lie; a horrible filthy lie.

Borrowed from Good Winter, see the original work.

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Changing assumptions

November 15th, 2009

Change an assumption
and save the world.

— Heinz von Foerster, 1970

Quoted after Paul Schröder who 2009-11-14 at the Heinz von Foerster Congress 09 said he found this quote several times in his notes.

The Big Red Button

October 18th, 2009


The Big Red Button

Turning together with/out words

September 7th, 2009

Our only apparently unique invention is written language, and there’s lots of evidence that it’s the least effective form of communication we have, and the form most prone to misunderstanding

writes Dave Pollard in his recent blog post Turning Together Without Words.

History of history

July 23rd, 2009

The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history.

(This quote and variations of it can be found easily.) Considering the fact that each and everyone seems to stumble over this insight sooner or later it could well be based on a wee bit of eternal truth. However, if it is, it is hiding it very well. Indeed, what it shows is that history of history is unknown. Speaking of learning, it is not taught either.

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Under the surface

July 14th, 2009
Cartoon by hugh macleod

Cartoon by Hugh Macleod

under the
surface
is more surface . . .

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Almost unique

June 16th, 2009

She: I discovered that we are almost unique.
He: Define almost!
She: The problem is not the almost, the problem is the unique.
Though, of course, it is not the unique problem, but almost!

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Subjects of matter

February 8th, 2009
Cartoon by hugh macleod

Cartoon by Hugh Macleod

“People matter. Objects don’t,”
he wrote on an object,
with a liar’s smile
on his face.