"An intellectually curious person is a heat-seeking missile programmed to seek out failures in existing epistemic paradigms. God help them if they find one before they get enough political sophistication to determine which targets are safe."
The Kolmogorov option: winking to yourself as you allow yourself be dragged into the orthodoxy party, knowing that tucked into your jacket is the brand of free-thinker booze that is exactly the kind not allowed in this place.
I really like the term 'non-expert explanations'. You're often advised as a rookie developer to write about your own point of view, because your own unsophisticated mental models may be closer to the same mental framework as a new developer struggling with that level of knowledge.
In other words, we need non-expert explanations, and abundantly. Very few topics have been over-explained in the real world.
"I see I have made myself a slave to Philosophy, but if I get free of Mr Linus's business I will resolutely bid adew to it eternally, excepting what I do for my privat satisfaction or leave to come out after me. For I see a man must either resolve to put out nothing new or become a slave to defend it."
"Coding is like that. Try something. See if it works. Try again. If a problem was straightforward, it would be automated or at least solved with some open-source code. All that’s left is the difficult task of creating something unique."
gotta remind myself this sometimes whenever i'm stumbling in the dark.
But the politicians espousing it have missed the insult implicit in the meritocratic society they are offering: If you did not go to college, and if you are not flourishing in the new economy, your failure must be your own fault.
The Twittering Machine is powered by an insight at once obvious and underexplored: we have, in the world of the social industry, become “scripturient—possessed by a violent desire to write, incessantly.”