Hometown: Paducah KY
November 19, 2010
I was flabbergasted at the kind comments. I guess I can see the interest in having my generation represented but I'm not sure that I am really representative. Someone mentioned "Idle old men talking ignorant young" (I'm 88 with many memories.)
EVERYTHING I've ever heard of. Random examples - 1. Philosophy is all encompassing. 2. Robotics is real reason rich are getting richer and non rich can't get a job. 3. Persons think if this and this is true that must be true. Robots are things constructed so that if voltage is here and here current will flow through that. Do the myriad "things" in brains perform like robots? 4. My WWII experience was as a radar technician (Pacific). My engineeriung experiences included advisor to an embassy, system design, system test planner, test director, accident investigator .... Those memories include a time when I objected to popular thought trees using engineering language ("gates"). I later used the language of propositional calculus in a tree to (discover?) Space Station safety requirements, starting with "The crew will be safe during their orbital stay." 5. I believe it is time to consider the philosophical significance of string theory and black holes, and their relationship.
I rather like cheerful disrespect. Particularly when it isn't mumbled.
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hi Ed... maybe I'll see you in Bellevue. thanks.
For the next meeting, you can use any copy of Plato's "Meno," which should be in the KC Library or a used books store, etc. Longer term, the Great Conversations 4 anthology is at Amazon online; they have a new book for $25, shipping $4:
The Great Books Foundation also sells it for $25, but you have to pay sales tax and $4.50 shipping.
Good to hear from you! I'll look into Pink's book. Do you consider yourself right or left brain dominant, or a balance between them? I thought your teacher's advice was excellent, and would be well taken by journalists today - it seems to me the quality of journalism continues to decline, with notable exceptions. On Oct 5 we'll have our first Great Books discussion of the season, at Bellevue City Hall, on Plato's "Meno." It should be interesting.
Ed, that was TMI.
I'm glad you like them, Ed. Unfortunately, we just found out that the Bellevue Library is closing all its meeting rooms for a year, starting in September, while they construct more parking. So Bill and I decided that next month will be our last Great Ideas discussion for a while. Hope to see you in August. - Sally