Re: Jaron Lanier

From: Jef Allbright (
Date: Wed Nov 26 2003 - 20:46:48 MST

James Rogers wrote:

> Since then, I have become very cognizant that a great many of the
> things most people believe (culturally, socially, politically,
> scientifically) are based on invalid assumptions (implicit
> infinities, mathematical edge cases, etc) for application in the real
> world. Noticing the pervasiveness of these kinds of fallacies and
> unnoticed limitations even among the "enlightened" thinkers has
> significantly altered my views on many things over last few years.
> I've had to re-reason many things.

Reminds me of an interesting parallel with Buckminster Fuller's saying it's
not likely that nature is calculating pi to an some infinitesimal number of
decimal places with each soap bubble that appears. Platonic concepts have
utility, but not perfect utility.

- Jef

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