Paul Calf

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012

Paul Calf - Steve Coogan. Say no more.

The Art of Business, The Business of Art

Monday, January 2nd 2012

Business is about what others want. Do people want to buy it? No? Then it isn't a business. In that sense business is a social activity requiring social skill.

It's the opposite with Art. Art is about what you want. What others want comes second. Do other people like it? No? Doesn't matter. If you enjoyed doing it. In that sense it's anti-social.

Techno-Mediated Intuition

Saturday, December 31st 2011

Most efficient groups contain five or fewer people. If a group gets bigger, it gets complicated. You end up having to subdivide. Create hierarchies. Have rules. I've written about this before.

Why so? It relates to the trifling amount of information our brains can keep in short term memory. It's the reason that humans have been, for the most part, operating in small groups for millennia.

I have bored many friends on this topic. They say its a "hobby horse"! Pah! I think it as more of the Golden Unicorn of Enlightenment. But no matter.

Humanity's new found ability, using symbols, computers, communications technology, machines, etc, to organise things at larger and larger scales leads to neurosis.

The neurosis begins where technology and limited brain function meet.

The Reductionist Impulse & the Problem with Solving Emotions

Friday, December 30th 2011

Following on from The Reductionist Impulse.

I remember having a conversation with a friend.

"I just don't seem to care about things people say I should care about," he said.

"Oh yes? Such as?"

There was pause. "Well, y'know, people. Dead kids. Other people suffering. I think I may be a ... sociopath."

"Hmm," said I. "Really?"

The Reductionist Impulse

Thursday, December 29th 2011

Trying to reduce things down to a simple, understandable form is an attempt to make something big and complex small enough to fit into a brain. But the reductionist impulse is actually a generalising impulse; the reduction in size is at the cost of accuracy. The form ends up being generalised to the point of losing touch with reality.

It is a program doomed to failure, because reality tends to stomp on small inaccurate things.

This is a small post.


Fear of the Internet Part 2 - SOBs

Wednesday, December 28th 2011

Commence rant.

On the one hand I read about the copyright lobby baying for pirate's blood. There's much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

And then I try to download a movie from itunes.

I want to pay for it. It's only fair.

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