Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.
Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Today’s phones are fairly passive. You’ll come to your iPhone, you’ll unlock it … and the paradigm is that there’s a list of things you can fire up and you just pick which one you want. And I think we might look back on that 20 years from now and realize it’s incredibly dumb, compared to a reality where the phone automatically says, ‘here’s probably what you want, and here’s probably what you want to do after that.’
This is the talk I keep telling everyone to watch. Best thing ever.
I’m sorry this letter is so long, I didn’t have time to make it shorter.
Dismissing an idea is so easy because it doesn’t involve any work. You can scoff at it. You can ignore it. You can puff some smoke at it. That’s easy. The hard thing to do is protect it, think about it, let it marinate, explore it, riff on it, and try it. The right idea could start out life as the wrong idea.
But how many high school calculus teachers spend their evenings doing calculus? (What would that even mean?) Can you imagine a geometry teacher spending his evenings writing faux-formal proofs with modus ponens? Do algebra teachers even use algebra? Do they depend on it?
Can you trust a teacher who doesn’t use what he teaches? Who has never used what he teaches?
Can you trust a teacher whose only connection to a subject is teaching it?
How can such a teacher know if what he’s teaching is valuable, or how well he’s teaching it? (“Curricula” and “exams”, respectively, are horrendous answers to those questions.)
Real teaching is not about transferring “the material”, as if knowledge were some sort of mass-produced commodity that ships from Amazon. Real teaching is about conveying a way of thinking. How can a teacher convey a way of thinking when he doesn’t genuinely think that way?
I’m sure many teachers spend their evenings thinking about teaching the subject. I have no doubt that these teachers love teaching, and love their students. But to me, that seems like a chef who loves cooking, but doesn’t love food. Who has never tasted his own food. This chef might have the best of intentions, but someone in need of a satisfying meal is probably better off elsewhere.
"Ten thousand years ago, the state of the art was a goat…" It makes me wonder what the state of the art is today. Is it really the iPhone or the next product that Apple decides to sell?
An artistic wave, like the works of art which compose it, is not a ‘substance’ around a definable ‘essence,’ but a response to pressures and influences converging from many different layers of reality—social, political, economic, ideological, artistic and personal.
From an algorithmic perspective, the idea that style and substance are separate is appealing. It allows us to code markup and stylesheets independently, and fits the logical mindset shared by so many techies. But it’s a falsehood. Style and substance are irretrievably linked. Like space and time, they are neither separable nor the same thing – there exists no hierarchy between them, no primacy. One informs the other. The other informs the one.
It’s impossible to perceive content and presentation separately. The two combine to create something more valuable: meaning.
This is racism.
I’m just going to reblog this so my friends can see what a prick you are. :)
I’m going to reblog this so my friends can see what an idiot you are.
You may not get into the good schools or get a good job, but your chances of experiencing those things is way higher because you are white. Because white people are the default. The norm. We are over-represented in every part of society. WE dominate the media, politics, education, academia, science, history.
That is racism. We fucking belong to a group that has wiped out entire cultures and rewrote history to place us in the front. We belong to the group in power and to deny that we do not benefit from that is wrong.
You, as a white woman, are seen as the default for beauty in our culture. You, as a white person, can naviagte this world without having to even think about your race. PoC can’t do that. They can’t walk around claiming to be “color blind” because they face racism every day. When was the last time someone followed you around a store to make sure you weren’t shoplifting? When was the last time you were pulled over and detained for doing nothing wrong? When was the last time your entire race was labeled as lazy, ghetto, and uneducated? Every day, for centuries, they have been oppressed by white people in power. By white society.
If you think belonging to the group that is given more voice, more chances, and more POWER does not give you an advantage in this world then you are truly fucking dense.
Capture accidents. The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.
Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.
John cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.
Keep moving. The market and its operation have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.
Avoid software. The problem with software is that everyone has it.