From [[WindyCityRails 2012]]
Presenter: [[Steve Klabnik]]
The software world doesn't exist in a void; we can learn a lot by studying philosophy and related subjects. This talk was wide ranging, and was more about planting the seed of knowledge than anything.
Watching the video is encouraged, once available.
- "We aspire to be evil as well"
- "You will be a total newb again"
From @benjaminoakes, with additions by @steveklabnik:
- A lot of info can be found on Wikipedia (see there for more)
- Humanities are important
- Refinement -- you see more the second time you read something
- Rewarding to study this
- Monocultures = death
- Get out of your filter bubble
"love of wisdom"
Get to the root causes of things -- general and fundamental problems
- We use Ruby 'cause it's beautiful
- How can you be critical about this?
- You committed a fallacy... "Logic'd!'
- Sometimes we care too much about this
- What can we / can't we know?
- Laplace's Demon: know all particles at state 0, all laws of physics, can you predict state N? (Is the world deterministic?)
- physics of physics
- What stuff is there?
- Ontology (used in NLP, etc): determine what types of things there are. OOP is building an ontology.
- Lots of work in whether a particular ontology is a good ontology... why don't we look at those 100s of years of work (as software people)?
- Structural Linguistics
- Chomsky, compilers, and Chomsky Hierarchy
- Foucault and Discipline and Punish
- Deleuze and Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Post-script on the Societies of Control
- Galloway and Protocol: How control exists after decentralization
"Protological control" (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
- See writings here: words.