[Edu-sig] Brother, Can you Paradigm?

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Sun Jan 28 18:26:16 CET 2007

Hey, thanks for the research and pointers.  Please, any time.

Eric and I appear to agree on this word "smooth" -- unless his
position has changed some since 2003.  I'm not a catastrophist,
waiting for everything to "break down" so something "big" might
happen.  I'm more into "upgrade while getting work done" type
scenarios -- processing in the background.

I also read the article he cites, pointing out that "paradigm changes"
are the exception, not the rule.  Just look at operations research.


On 1/28/07, Arthur <ajsiegel at optonline.net> wrote:
> The subject line is Eric Raymond's title of an entry at
> http://armedndangerous.blogspot.com/2003_07_27_armedndangerous_archive.html
> I don't read a lot of Raymond, and don't consider myself a libertarian
> of his stripe, but a somwhat out-of-context quote I enjoyed from this
> article:
> """
> There are some books so bad, but so plausible and influential, that
> periodically trashing them in public is almost an obligation. The really
> classic stinkeroos of this kind, like Karl Marx's Das Kapital, exert a
> weird kind of seduction on otherwise intelligent people long after their
> factual basis has been completely exploded.
> """
> I don't think it possible to separate the special role that history held
> for the intellectual in Marxism, and the tendencies of those who
> considered themselves intellectuals to give his thinking undue weight.
> I think the same is true with Kayianism and the geek.
> Art
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