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Re^8: Using filepath method to identify an .html page

by davido (Archbishop)
on Jan 23, 2013 at 00:25 UTC ( #1014817=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^7: Using filepath method to identify an .html page
in thread Using filepath method to identify an .html page

The third of Clarke's three laws is at play here:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

"sufficiently advanced" is really a relative term. To one who understands it, it is not sufficiently advanced to be indistinguishable from magic. But to one who doesn't understand it, the line between reality and magic is obscured.

Once technology becomes indistinguishable from magic, it becomes impossible to distinguish between what is possible and what is impossible. With magic everything should be possible, right? What we need to do is shed our understanding so that the technology we're discussing appears to us as magic as it does to someone who believes that through the magic of technology everything must be possible. Only then will we be able to come up with solutions based on the boundless nature magic rather than the finite constraints of well-understood technology.


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Re^9: Using filepath method to identify an .html page
by Your Mother (Chancellor) on Jan 23, 2013 at 16:59 UTC

    I have always found that bit of Clarke silly. "Sufficiently advanced" is not relative, it's self-fulfilling. "Sufficiently A is B" is always true because it's what the clause means.

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