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Havelock focused on the process of converting, mentally, from a "prose of narrative" to a "prose of ideas": organizing experience in terms of categories rather than events; embracing the discipline of abstraction. He had a word in mind for this process, and the work was thinking. This was the discovery, not just of the self, but of the thinking self in effect, the true beginning of consciousness.

Syndicated 2012-07-27 18:53:44 (Updated 2012-07-27 18:54:10) from cdent


Writing, as a technology, requires premeditation and special art. Language is not a technology, no matter how well developed and efficacious. It is not best seen as something separate from the mind; it is what the mind does.

Syndicated 2012-07-27 18:49:31 (Updated 2012-07-27 18:49:35) from cdent


The extra drumbeats, far from being extraneous, provide context. Every ambiguous word begins in a cloud of possible alternative interpretations; then the unwanted possibilities evaporate. This takes place below the level of consciousness.

Syndicated 2012-07-27 18:45:59 from cdent


@import url(http://totw.tiddlyspace.com/HtmlCss);

Syndicated 2012-07-27 18:30:24 (Updated 2012-07-27 18:30:36) from cdent

27 Jul 2012 (updated 28 Jul 2012 at 17:11 UTC) »


This space contains some reactions (from cdent) to the book The Information by James Gleick, based around quotes from the book recorded in the space theinformationq.

I enjoyed the book because it helped to bridge some of the gaps I have experienced between my own philosophy of and attitude to information and the formalism known as information theory. The crucial aspect is captured by:

Syndicated 2012-07-27 18:29:55 (Updated 2012-07-28 17:08:43) from cdent


index: Index
editor: /edit#{tiddler}

Syndicated 2012-07-27 18:27:52 from cdent

27 Jul 2012 (updated 28 Jul 2012 at 17:11 UTC) »


This space contains quotations from The Information by James Gleick. As I read the book I stumbled across many quotable pieces I felt I should record. My responses to the quotes are in the space theinformation, which will transclude the quotes from this space.

Page numbers reference the "Fourth Estate paperback edition published 2012".

  • Chapter 1: Drums That Talk
  • Chapter 2: The Persistence of the Word
  • Chapter 4: To Throw the Powers of Thought into Wheel-Work
  • Chapter 11: Into the Meme Pool
  • Chapter 12: The Sense of Randomness
  • Chapter 13: Information is Physical
  • Chapter 15: New News Everyday
  • Epilogue

Syndicated 2012-07-27 17:41:28 (Updated 2012-07-28 16:57:27) from cdent

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