Saturday, July 14, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 390

From the Pieholes of Makebaters

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 389

Ludic Cerebration

The interactions matter more than the nature of the units. Studying individual ants will never (one can safely say never for most such situations), never give us an idea on how the ant colony operates. For that, one needs to understand an ant colony as an ant colony, no less, no more, not a collection of ants. This is called an “emergent” property of the whole, by which parts and whole differ because what matters is the interactions between such parts.
The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 388

Trap Trip

Go Ahead, Open Your Trap

People need the wisdom, or the imagination, of others. Who do you learn from? You might have a wise and compassionate friend. But very few people, maybe no people, can invent their own menu of possibilities. Don’t great works of art have something to teach you? Maybe Tolstoy has something to teach you. Maybe Debussy. Maybe many others. No one would deny that Noam Chomsky has special intellectual capacities. Beethoven has special capacities, Ibsen had great insight into the psychology of human beings. If we’re imagining that a better world could be created, don’t we need their help?
Wally Shawn

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 387

Things That Pop Into Minds

Sound is intimate. That’s why I do radio and podcast: the sound connects us, retrieving a pre-internet, pre-printing press, pre-scribal sense of community.
Douglas Rushkoff

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Extraordinary Discourse 386

Overtalk And Undertalk

There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which without art, we can’t receive.
Saul Bellow