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communication

The Consolation of Etymology: Pugilistic Spell-Checkers

I am engaged in an unrelenting death-match of Greco-Roman wrestling with mobile device spell checkers. I have had some very near-misses on social media. The spell checker on my phone recently tried to insert Gestapo instead of gestalt and circumcision instead of circumlocution; needless to say – this would have dramatically re-framed the intended meaning […]

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culture

The Uncertainty Zeitgeist

Substantive, meaningful content in our shared information spaces is suffering from an information-systems evolutionary selection mechanism that is implicitly biased towards continuity over coherence.

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culture history Philosophy politics

On Stupid Ideas and Clever Solutions

Countering stupid ideas proves to be a matter of some subtlety and intelligence…

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culture

Semantic Drift

The extent to which errors of replication are responsible for longue durée cultural, subjective and semantic metamorphosis remains an intriguing possibility…

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culture

Product

We are all products…

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Philosophy

Circular

“…human knowledge must always be content to accept some terms as intelligible without definition…:

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communication Philosophy

Communication: The Problem

The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein identified some interesting problems of language. Language is a logical system through which we communicate. Language is also that through which we very often fail to understand what is being conveyed to us, that is – it is that through which we fail to communicate clearly…