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  • Bill shared from Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective by Kenneth O Stanley, Joel Lehman
    this paradox leads to a very strange conclusion—if the paradox is really true then the best way to achieve greatness, the truest path to “blue sky” discovery or to fulfill boundless ambition, is to have no objective at all.
  • Bill shared from Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective by Kenneth O Stanley, Joel Lehman
    Objectives might sometimes provide meaning or direction, but they also limit our freedom and become straitjackets around our desire to explore. After all, when everything we do is measured against its contribution to achieving one objective or another, it robs us of the chance for playful discovery. So objectives do come with a cost. Considering that this cost is rarely discussed in any detail, maybe it’s a good idea to look a little harder at what we’re really giving up in exchange for such objective optimism.
    Note: enjoying this book a lot
  • Bill shared from Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective by Kenneth O Stanley, Joel Lehman
    There’s an assumption behind these pursuits that isn’t often stated but that few would think to question: We assume that any worthy social accomplishment is best achieved by first setting it as an objective and then pursuing it together with conviction. It makes you wonder, is there such a thing as accomplishment without objectives?
  • Bill shared from The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming (Science and Cultural Theory) by Andrew Pickering, Keith Guzik
    PROFESSOR HEIDEGGER: They know how the mangle works and they know how to work the mangle. They just don't want everyone else to know, because then the powder keg is lit.
  • Bill shared from The Mangle in Practice: Science, Society, and Becoming (Science and Cultural Theory) by Andrew Pickering, Keith Guzik
    Leaving a temporary object in a program turns a casual decision into a more serious one.
  • Bill shared from The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
    Since he started the Cloud Club, Lee has deliberately charged his tenants about a third of the market value rent for each apartment. He not only allows, he encourages the musicians in the house, and our friends’ bands, and our friends’ bands’ drummers’ poet girlfriends, to use the communal space for parties, meetings, and concerts. He never charges anyone for that; instead, he takes an extreme glee in seeing the space used and filled with life. He films the goings-on and uploads them to YouTube. He wants to feel things happening. He makes enough money to cover the expenses.
  • Bill shared from What Is Posthumanism? (Posthumanities) by Cary Wolfe
    Systems theory, instead of being invited to the party reserved for chaos and complexity theory and their interest in the unpredictability, creativity, and emergence of complex nonlinear dynamics, ends up dancing with Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene.
  • Bill shared from The Body Project by Kameron Hurley
    Someone had to be imperfect, or there was nothing to strive for in that big worshipful love letter to God.   Nyx didn’t mind being the broken piece.
  • Bill shared from The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
    One of the great difficulties of an art student is to decide between his own natural impressions and what he thinks should be his impressions. When the majority of students and the majority of so-called arrived artists go out into landscape, saying they intend to look for a “motive,” they too often mean, unconsciously enough, that it is their intention to look until they have found an arrangement in the landscape most like some one of the pictures they have seen and liked in the galleries. A hundred times, perhaps, they have walked by their own subject, felt it, enjoyed it, but having no estimate...
  • Bill shared from God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha Book 1) by Kameron Hurley
    If her team had gotten out, they might have bought enough time to regroup in Aludra and bolt the fuck off to Chenja without any bel dame knowing the wiser. Maybe. A whole heap of maybe. Nyx ducked and rolled under Husayn’s right jab and threw a right uppercut to her body. Husayn blocked with her left elbow and pushed forward again, throwing a left hook followed by another right jab.
    Note: non sequitur ebook error?
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