Thursday, March 17, 2011


General Semantics:
Korzybski’s central goal was to attain a "consciousness of abstracting," or an awareness of the map/territory distinction and of how information gets deleted/distorted in the linguistic and other representations used. He considered sporadic and intellectual understanding of these concepts insufficient and argued that full sanity can be achieved only when the consciousness of abstracting becomes constant and a matter of reflex.
Social Credit:
Assuming the only safe place for power is in many hands, Social Credit is a distributive philosophy, and its policy is to disperse power to individuals. Social Credit philosophy is best summed by Douglas when he said, "Systems were made for men, and not men for systems, and the interest of man which is self-development, is above all systems, whether theological, political or economic." 
The brilliant SF editor John W. Campbell to Robert A. Heinlein:

Your prime strengths are two -- reality of personalities who have reasonable emotional reactions, and a reality of technical-political-social culture against which they can react...
from Robert A. Heinlein - In Dialogue with His Century by William H. Patterson.

PBS News Aggregator on hold, but developing:
Think about it: What if on a broad story like the economic crisis, you could pull together a NewsHour interview with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on changes to borrowing policies for US banks along with a Frontline clip from “Breaking the Bank” on the merger of Bank of America and Merill Lynch? Of course what we’re talking about is not simply aggregation, but also curation — and actually, considering the hours of shows PBS has at its disposal, mega-curation.

 13 Writing Tips from Chuck Pahlaniuk:
"Their window-dressing philosophy must be: 'If the window doesn't look quite right - put more in'."