first finds of 2019

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, via @ShaunCoffey

@robpatrob“In Athens, democracy degenerated into populism, leading to the war with Sparta and defeat. Maybe there is a cycle?”

@PhilosophyMttrs“Word of the Year” — Ultracrepidarianadjective noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise

A little bit of history repeating, by @CFKurtz

“We cannot cope with an inconceivable number of things, but we can cope with an inconceivable number of combinations of a conceivable number of things. Focusing on the classes instead of the instantiations makes it possible to live life without being overcome with awe. The hierarchies we create are the fictions we need to stop our over-developed awareness from damaging our sanity. From this perspective, what Plato was after was not truth itself, but fiction whose purpose is to help us cope with truth … But the solution of complication comes with a price, and the price is amnesia. At the start, our maps are conscious creations, and we discuss and experiment as we refine them to suit our needs. But eventually, inevitably, we forget that our structures are fictions and our conditions are choices, and our maps become our prisons. Every map we build becomes the territory it once represented, and only in the places where it has worn bare can you see the reality that still lies beneath it.”

The lost philosophy for design by @Acuity_Design

“In the end, these lost elements of philosophy mean that not merely is design unable to fully accommodate human experience but also unable to have meaningful ethical discussions.

The lost symmetries mean that design ethics are hobbled. We can only see realities defined by part of the philosophies. Data, logic and mechanical time define the limits of arguments. We lost the words and ideas that create a broader human-centered area of ethical discussion.

We need to respect human experience to design for humans. Phronesis and Kairos are ways of starting to respect that there is more than logical data and chronological time.”

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