The original was a poem that rhymed and was sung and it kind of started Western Philosophy so…

The original was a poem that rhymed and was sung and it kind of started Western Philosophy so…

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Personally I’m not much for poems or reading original texts myself. I like reading summaries, box-and-arrow charts and stuff. Too impatient for this kind of thing.

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Poems are fun to write but listening to someone else’s is like… eh unless they’re spectacular which most aren’t.

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I made this version because: a) Hers was terrible b) it’s contributing to the net in some way. I make crap that I hear about years later that helped someone somehow. I don’t know what that is politically: this need to contribute to a “common pool” of stuff others can draw from. But I like doing it.

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A well made Katana is sharped to an atomic-thick edge. Then again, my kitchen knives are too but they lack the “whosh” and the “ching” bell sound.

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I have a paring knife that most swords can’t match. They got the ‘blunt force” but I got the atomic thin slicing ability

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Sword against stone and sword against sword – and it has to be used. A sharp knife sitting in a case is a nice thing to look at but at that point it’s art.

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Thanks. It’s something I think about a little too much sometimes. Ideals vs pragmatism is a constant tussle. Knives /swords/etc are a good metaphor.

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I hear some fantastic ideas everyday. People put a lot of thought into them. They’re internally logically consistent and are beautiful to look at. But then I ask, “Does it blend?” If it doesn’t, it’s a nice piece of fiction and I treat it as such.

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‘m more on the effective than efficient side of the line. It’s messier but gets the job done. Sometimes a goal of efficiency can end up being misleading; a perfectly precise thing that’s just wrong because a few initial axioms taken for granted aren’t a strong enough basis to stand on.

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The past week’s theme has been: Evolutionary psychology. I think I’ve been in about seven or eight separate discussions whose wonderfully notions all rested on mythical foundations. To the person who came up with the idea, it’s hard to get them to see it. Usually I succeed… eventually. I’m persistent. But I have a bias about that field.

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