Making the case for repeat
wuwei23 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 08:39:28 CEST 2009
Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> e.g. the Wright Brothers weren't lone inventors working at a time when
> everyone knew powered flight was impossible, they were experienced
> engineers and glider-pilots who paid a lot of attention to research done
> by their many competitors.
Be careful, the idea that human knowledge is a process of incremental
improvements rather than pulled complete and inviolate out of the
minds of a handful of individuals is pretty unpopular in this day and
It's a lot harder to assert the existence of "intellectual property"
that way, and there's just no money in *that* ;)
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