The Cold War of Ideas

Saturday, April 14th 2012

Thought is associative. One thing leads to another in a chain of memories and reasoning.

The collective creation of association patterns leads to culture.

A fecund culture requires the synthesis of disparate ideas from many sources.

Intellectual Monopoly Rights are designed to prevent that. At least for the most part.

They don't allow the free flow of ideation; they don't allow the synthesis of disparate ideas from many sources to occur.

Result: stultification of the culture.

At some point, somewhere, a jurisdiction will realise that it would be better to allow that synthesis of disparate ideas from many sources.

Eventually, that system will come into conflict with the old system of ideas-as-property.

The result will be war.

It may be a hot war. It may be a war between proxies.

But it may just be a Cold War. The Cold War of Ideas.

It may not be between nation states or Blocs. It may be.

But the world will divide up into camps. The guys with the better technology will win. The better technology will come from a synthesis of disparate ideas from many sources.

(Thanks to Emlyn O Regan for providing good conversation on this topic)

Citizenship Point Accumulation Program

Friday, April 13th 2012

Public safety is paramount. We must be willing to stand up to the terrorists and pornographers who threaten our cherished democracy. To do so we must earn our freedom! Freedom that isn't earned is an indulgence, something our enemies will exploit!

Stupid?

Thursday, April 12th 2012

I was talking to an old friend of mine. He must be, oh, 75 or so. He's a great old wizard with many interesting things to say.

We were talking about the stupidity of people.

Actually. I was talking about the stupidity of people.

He leaned back and sipped his coffee insouciantly.

"Really?" he said with a twinkle.

"Idiots!" quoth I. I was being somewhat repetitive at this point.

"You need to do fewer things that make you feel clever, and more things that make you feel stupid," he said. "Then you'll get over that."

Cheeky old bastard!

Games?

Wednesday, April 11th 2012

Kids play games and take them far too seriously. All that playing guns, running around inventing rules and so on is serious business.

Adults don't take kid's games seriously.

So adults think they've grown up.

But they haven't.

The childish game playing remains. Tantrums, ego, learning, fear, hope, playing out fantasy, etc. Adults just up to stakes to keep it interesting.

Instead of playing soldiers, they actually are soldiers. Instead of pretend money its real money. Instead of a game in the back yard involving goblins, it's Art that should be taken very seriously.

But, in their essentials, and on a metaphysical level, the games adults play are are just as silly as kids' games.

Buckets

Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Why are buckets funny? I don't know.

Bucket!

Potential for humour: 80%.

Box

Potential for humour: 20%.

Falsely attributed quotations:

"Give me a bucket and I'll get a laugh." - Charlie Chaplin.

"A bucket is funnier than a barrel." - Mark Twain.

"There is a nothing sadder than an neglected bucket." - Jean Paul Sartre.

Boredom Permits

Monday, April 9th 2012

I have started distributing small, orange rectangles of paper.

We're at the bottom of page 182.

Click a page number above to go to that page.