Re: P2P microrant (in honor of the P2P conference :-) )

From: Tom Whore (
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 09:53:19 PST

On Tue, 23 Jan 2001, Dave Winer wrote:

--]I have a problem with your analysis.
--]The well-rounded 40-something technologist did *both* PC/Mac software and
--]Internet stuff in the 70s and 80s and of course in the 90s.
--]A common fallacy is to think that you get something that others don't
--]because in some way your experience was superior.

Another common fallacy is to think everyone has gotten the same
experience out of a time/space event.

Though you and I may sit down to watch the same movie in the same theater
I may find it dull and boring while you find it the most earth shaking
images in your life and become inspired to become a doctor.

The time/space event is taken in by people, yes that very same thing
soylent green is made from, and processed. Most likely each person has a
differnt way of processing , so that the effects of that time/space event
will be differnt for each person.

ANd while the well rounded 40 something may have done all that it still
doesnt mean they GOt anything out of it. The examples abound of 40 or 50
year old "computer veterans" not seeing something a 17 year old first time
explorer grabs hold of.

The beauty of this whle thing is not so much what you went though, but how
you learn, retune, and make use of from it.
Remember that the scientific method of learning is not a one pass jobber.
You dont just run through the set once and think you got the final answer.
It feeds back more questions, finer detail, and so the answers need
answering agian finding more and more etc and round and round.

The journey not the destination, though a few good scenic resturatns are
always welcome....

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