Making the case for repeat

alex23 wuwei23 at
Tue Jun 9 02:39:28 EDT 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* ;)

cynically y'rs,
- alex23

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