From perusal to poetry


31 May 2022 -- 17 October 2023

  • In the professional activities of tightly structured disciplines, conformity is more highly valued than originality; or, rather, originality is tolerated only for as long as it reinforces the core values of a department. (S. Toulmin)
  • Repetition renders the ridiculous reasonable. (N. J. Wildberger)
  • Do only what only you can do. (E. W. Dijkstra)
  • Every smart person wants to be corrected, not admired. (M. Minsky)
  • The emperor wearing no clothes wants to be admired, not corrected. (My modification)
  • When building sand castles on the beach, we can ignore the waves but should watch the tide. (E. W. Dijkstra)
  • When listening to logicians, we can ignore the symbols but should watch the bonding to physics. (My making)
  • Separating science from the pinnacle of practice, renders a rudimentary recital. (My making)
  • Equating science with engineering, renders a rudimentary recital. (My making)
  • At your highest moment be careful, that's when the devil comes for you. (D. Washington)
  • Peace always comes after war, with finite delay. (My making)
  • War always comes after peace, with potentially infinite delay. (My making)
  • Yellow is better than yellow coffee, even in principle. (Nonsense, my making)
  • The halting problem is practically unsolvable, even in principle. (Nonsense, your making)
  • Narrating without clothes renders communication all in yellow reasonable. (My making)
  • You can only run your own race. (O. Winfrey)
  • You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. (B. Fuller)
  • Don't ask what historians can do for Turing, ask what Turing did for historians. (my making; inspired by JFK)
  • The organization of late twentieth century universities has encouraged a narrowness of preoccupations that has ended by rewarding participants who remain closest to the middle of their chosen intellectual road. (S. Toulmin)
  • We all live in a yellow submarine. (The Beatles)
  • Some of us live in a Turing machine, yellow or not. (My making)
  • Quantum Turing Machines, the Very Idea (My making)
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