The Owl of Minerva


“I guess, I’ve always believed that nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do. Most people think the opposite – that all things are withheld from them which they have conceived to do and they end up doing nothing.”
Russell Kirsch


On the 100th anniversary of publication of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus: The World Is All That Is the Case – “Tractatus is less the greatest philosophical work of the 20th century than it is one of the most immaculate volumes of modernist poetry written in the past hundred years” and Ludwig Wittgenstein: a mind on fire – “My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognises them as nonsensical, when he has used them – as steps – to climb up beyond them. (He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it.)”

My belief is there is a mirror-image of the long tail that is equally important to those wanting to understand the process of innovation. It states that the bulk of innovation behind the latest “wow” moment (…) is also low amplitude and takes place over a long period—but well before the “new” idea has become generally known, much less reached the tipping point.
To my mind, at least, those who can shorten the nose by 10% to 20% make at least as great a contribution as those who had the initial idea. And if nothing else, long noses are great for sniffing out those great ideas sitting there neglected, just waiting to be exploited.
“The Long Nose of Innovation”, Bill Buxton

Any ordinary Joe or Ananda
would be ridiculed for insisting yes
and no in the same breath,
but not Vishnu.

All gods may contradict themselves
without flaw,
say men,
who always give their God
the benefit of a doubt
in any argument.
“Until the Sacred Cows Come Home” by Jim Culleny


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