From: Scott Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 25 Feb 2004 - 17:15:57 GMT
>From: M Lissack <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Individual - Collective / digest V1#1480
>Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 05:24:41 -0800 (PST)
>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
>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
>And the bulk of the posters to this list (and we have
>NO IDEA what the lurkers think) are purists.
There are times when one runs the risk of completely missing the nail and striking their finger with the hammer.
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