Re: [unrev-II] "As We May Think", The Exploratories Project & a Tour of Mindmapping Links

From: Henry van Eyken (
Date: Fri Jul 13 2001 - 05:49:30 PDT

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    Dennis, Peter.

    I had to look this up, Categorical Imperative. Found in my "The American
    Colege Dictionary":

    1. Ethics, the rule of Immanuel Kant that one must only do what he can
    will that all others should do under similar circumstances.
    2. The unconditional command of conscience.

    Those circumstances include all a person's mental makeup as developed
    from genes and the influences of home, family, playmates, schools,
    acquaintances, media.

    Ran into a striking example many years ago. Nepotism is frowned upon in
    western society, but in at least one other society it is considered
    highly unscrupulous not to offer a job to one's relatives first.

    This said, we can manage our way through life on a fairly common,
    operational understandings of what is right and wrong, what doesn't or
    does harm others.

    My wandering thoughts of last Monday's post in this thread were much the
    result of trying to come to terms of one of the books I bought about
    markup languages. Besides the author, the publisher (Que, a division of
    Macmillan) lists the names of 16 people on their staff, all involved in
    making the book. These include an acquisitions editor, a development
    editor, a managing editor, a project editor, a copy editor, two
    indexers, two proofreaders, three technical editors, a team cordinator,
    two designers, and a production person. Yet just about everything that
    can be wrong with a book is wrong with this one. Erroneous and
    contradictoray information, captions separated from the corresponding
    graphics by lines of text, poior typography, poor examples, badly
    written explanations, poor grammar (what are all those editors doing
    there, anyway?). A real drag.

    The cover quotes a member of the W3C: "... an excellent foundation for
    using this critical technology and also explains the advanced
    capabilities of XHTML that anyone can understand...." Well, anyone but
    me. (Assuming the author is an expert on the topic, I am still trying to
    learn from the book. Foolhardy?)

    The book invites readers, "Tell Us What You Think!" I emailed a couple
    of examples of what is seriously wrong with the book. The publisher did
    not bother to respond to them. What else is new?

    Aggravationssuch as these are commonplace. They use up time and energy.
    I consider it a form of theft. But then again, others may feel this is
    perfectly acceptable. Afterall, has it not been said from time
    immemorial: Let the buyer beware.


    "Dennis E. Hamilton" wrote

    > Thanks for this. I am often too slow in being suspicious of theses
    > that aren't based on recognition and ownership of (and compassion for)
    > the prospect that we are all alike. The Categorical Imperative is a
    > great place to stand in reviewing my own arguments! Etc.

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