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  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    Mu means “no thing.” Like “Quality” it points outside the process of dualistic discrimination. Mu simply says, “No class; not one, not zero, not yes, not no.” It states that the context of the question is such that a yes or no answer is in error and should not be given. “Unask the question” is what it says.
    Note: @coreyhaines are those your initials carved into this tree? :-)
  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    Impatience is best handled by allowing an indefinite time for the job, particularly new jobs that require unfamiliar techniques; by doubling the allotted time when circumstances force time planning; and by scaling down the scope of what you want to do. Overall goals must be scaled down in importance and immediate goals must be scaled up. This requires value flexibility, and the value shift is usually accompanied by some loss of gumption, but it’s a sacrifice that must be made. It’s nothing like the loss of gumption that will occur if a Big Mistake caused by impatience occurs.
    Note: more agile planning from the 70s
  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    When beginning a repair job you can list everything you’re going to do on little slips of paper which you then organize into proper sequence. You discover that you organize and then reorganize the sequence again and again as more and more ideas come to you. The time spent this way usually more than pays for itself in time saved on the machine and prevents you from doing fidgety things that create problems later on.
    Note: prioritized backlog from the 70s
  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    When traditional rationality divides the world into subjects and objects it shuts out Quality, and when you’re really stuck it’s Quality, not any subjects or objects, that tells you where you ought to go.
    Note: @jmrtn this might speak to people who don't undertand the value of good names
  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    The true work of the inventor consists in choosing among these combinations so as to eliminate the useless ones, or rather, to avoid the trouble of making them, and the rules that must guide the choice are extremely fine and delicate. It’s almost impossible to state them precisely; they must be felt rather than formulated.
    Note: invention is felt rather than formulated
  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    Precision instruments are designed to achieve an idea, dimensional precision, whose perfection is impossible.
  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    Something is always killed. But what is less noticed in the arts—something is always created too. And instead of just dwelling on what is killed it’s important also to see what’s created and to see the process as a kind of death-birth continuity that is neither good nor bad, but just is.
    Note: @cessor, this is why it's ok to lose the beauty. You can replace it with somethng new
  • Andy shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    arts. Mark Twain’s experience comes to mind, in which, after he had mastered the analytic knowledge needed to pilot the Mississippi River, he discovered the river had lost its beauty. Something
    Note: @cessor, this is why you don't want to learn to fly but...
  • Andy shared from The Meme Machine (Popular Science) by Susan Blackmore
    Today's psychotherapy is a kind of memetic engineering, but it is not based on sound memetic principles.
    Note: @AdamEason what we were talking about, straight from the horses mouth
  • Andy shared from The Meme Machine (Popular Science) by Susan Blackmore
    Claxton concludes that consciousness is `a mechanism for constructing dubious stories whose purpose is to defend a superfluous and inaccurate sense of self'
    Note: consciousness is a mechanism for defending a superfluous and inaccurate sense of self