josh blog

Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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18 May '13 08:35:54 AM

'It seems one can't say anything more than: Live happily!'

18 May '13 08:12:07 AM

'The amateur can't fight the professional on the professional's ground…'

18 May '13 01:30:06 AM

Notes on instant messaging ethnography.

16 May '13 09:45:42 PM

'Now one of two things must take place. Either you must do something, or something must be done to you. Now what sort of business would you like to engage in? Would you like to re-engage in copying for someone?'

16 May '13 01:36:59 AM

'"Relevance" here means utterances that will profit a listener and thereby recommend the speaker as an ally. If you can regularly say "there's some food over there" and be right, then you have signaled to me that you can probably do me some good and therefore that I should select you as a partner.'

15 May '13 01:22:53 AM

96º.

14 May '13 06:33:38 AM

… cause you just get so many trips round the sun…

13 May '13 06:36:45 AM

'Show them life…'

11 May '13 06:13:33 AM

'Thesis Fifteen: Philosophical progress is not made by patiently carrying out research programs to the end. Such programs all eventually trickle into the sands. It is made by great imaginative feats. These are performed by people like Hegel or Wittgenstein who tell us that a picture has been holding us captive. Many people on both sides of the analytic-continental split are spending much of their time waiting for Godot. They hope someone will do for us what Philosophical Investigations or Being and Time did for our predecessors—wake us from what we belatedly realize to have been dogmatic slumber.'