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Re: Necessity is the mother of invention

by samizdat (Vicar)
on Mar 10, 2005 at 14:26 UTC ( #438260=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Necessity is the mother of invention

Excellent meditation to grok, L~R. I tend to place "success" in a social organism in a context of "What behavior, if encouraged, leads to more individual success / satisfaction / survivability." Current learning theory uses a helical spiral as a metaphor, but I'd expand that to use a spring in resonant motion as a representation because it's also wise to back up and re-examine your basic assumptions. I cheer for Detonite as he digs around for all kinds of different things to chew on.

Your example of selectively enabling/disabling tools is a good one in that it provides an action framework on a very basic and incrementally useful level. I'd suggest also using huge leaps, i.e., reading up on Feynman's life and then learning to program a microcontroller in assembly language, and then reading something by David Friedman on economics in practice. Then come back to Perl with a whole new perspective. Life becomes more juicy when you make it big, IMHO.

The breadth of one's association nets is the key to both creativity and survivabilty in this non-deterministic, non-zero-sum world.
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