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Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

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Feynmann, John von Neumann, and Mental Models

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Nazi Rules for Regulating Funk ‘n Freedom

The Early History of Modern Computing: A Brief Chronology

Computing Encounters Being, an Addendum

On the Origin of Objects (towards a philosophy of computation)

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Norma on Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

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JoseAngel on That Shakespeare Thing

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Theory’s Empire: More Activity Elsewhere

Posted by Scott Eric Kaufman on 07/14/05 at 02:08 PM

Before you ask: Yes, I too fear redundancy.  Just not that much.  So as not bump Sean and Amardeep’s excellent posts down, I’m linking to my adventures in fact-checking--you can too have adventures in fact-checking--and John McGowan’s history of criticism and theory, in which he compliments the Valve on the civility of its tone but expresses disappointment about the number of participants in the Big Event. 

Guilt that I may’ve bumped Amardeep off the page overwhelms.  Read his essay.  Click here.


P.S.  He’s not complaining about the numbers, as I made him sound, only noting that given the interest this sort of project should generate, the numbers have been lower than expected.  (Then again, it is summer, so whatever word-of-mouth we could’ve generated within our departments is sort of limited.) Also, I want to repeat part of what I said in my reply to McGowan over here: 

After I sent out the CFP on the event--which for reasons unknown to me went out with this week’s batch instead of last’s--I received a number of, shall we say, “impolitic” emails from people who wondered why they should bother with the event.  That they felt compelled to email me vehement statements of their apathy surprised me, but then I realized: the people who would participate aren’t the ones who would see this as a forum in which to shout everyone else down.  (Mostly because, unfamiliar with the medium, they probably don’t realize that you can indeed, through trollish repetition, shout everyone else down.  But in the meantime, their ignorance contributes to our bliss.  Or what-not.)

I think some people can’t even stand the thought of their assumptions being challenged...so much so they feel an overwhelming urge to berate anyone who would even suggest the thought.

By Scott Eric Kaufman on 07/14/05 at 03:27 PM | Permanent link to this comment

W. N. P. Barbellion has unexpectedly checked in today as well:


By Ray Davis on 07/14/05 at 03:52 PM | Permanent link to this comment

The numbers are freakin’ fine. 

I just got back from the best conference of my life, in Tel Aviv.  All of 30, maybe 40, people.  But fine discussion.  (The food was good too.)

Don’t worry about the numbers.

By bbenzon on 07/14/05 at 06:26 PM | Permanent link to this comment

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