From: Chris Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 25 Feb 2004 - 13:29:38 GMT
I think what you think is a large, weird shaped hammer is actually a
whole tool box -- stop hitting your particular nail with the thing and
try looking inside. Less negative, more positive plz.
M Lissack wrote:
> To Kenneth, Steven, and Scott
> When all one has is a hammer, very many things "seem"
> to be nails. And the strange thing is that a high
> percentage of those "nails" will behave just like
> "real nails" (be pushed further into a substrate) when
> "treated" with the hammer. That much of the remainder
> get "crushed" is merely an outgrowth of only having a
> Of course eventually someone comes along who points
> out that the back edge of the hammer can be used to
> pry things out and to carry ssome objects around.
> Then others will propose that with care the back edge
> can be used to "open things" and still others that
> combinations of all these steps when carefully
> executed can be used in certain environments to
> "gather, harvest, sort, and reconstruct."
> The original simple idea that "all things are nails"
> which underlay the concept of "use the tool you've
> got" has now been replaced but the "use the tool
> you've got" overlay remains. The idea of "how" to use
> that tool has been transformed from a simple code --
> swing the hammer and hit -- to a more complex
> locational process which involves examining the
> environment and then determining which of several
> potential uses.
> To the "purists" none of this matters. I have a
> hammer and I use it.
> Memes as ideas which "carry" their own reproductive
> force and which are subject to Darwinian "selection
> pressures" are in some stage of the evolution of the
> hammer above.
> And the bulk of the posters to this list (and we have
> NO IDEA what the lurkers think) are purists.
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