The Best Sentence of the Day

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Best Sentence #76

Kuhn describes paradigm shifts as “intellectually violent revolutions” (6). Accordingly, Weiser predicts that a take-no-prisoners approach to overthrowing the current computing regime will be necessary: “This will not be easy; very little of our current systems infrastructure will survive” (“Ubiquitous Computing” [9]).


Blogger Dr Marauder said...

I don't get any of those sentences.

Either because I am a moron, or your just not clever enough for my supreme intellect. :/

4:41 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Nice idea, and I don't want to be picky -- but isn't that 2 sentences?

5:05 PM  
Blogger The Fist said...

we fight words at the angerparade

6:48 PM  
Blogger Paradoxdb3 said...

As Pete already said, I noticed that today's sentence was more than ONE! Oh well, you're's your blog!

Stupid Humor

7:14 PM  
Blogger BionicBuddha said...

I like any "sentence" that is not precluded by the word "life"...

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

This is silly. Revolutions tend to 'build on the bones' of the culture/infrastructure/technology/paradigms that they have overthrown. Blogging on HTML, HTML on TCPIP, TCPIP on wire protocols. We are writing using a roman alphabet and living by a roman calendar (how many metric time clocks have you seen lately). To presume that 'very little...will survive' is arrogant and pays no heed to the time and money it took to build that infrastructure in the first place.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Vardagsmat said...

"The only truth is the lie, because you know it is not true. That fact is the truth...".

More red wine over here, please!

8:34 PM  
Blogger SimAC said...

I am taking 'dissertation' as a doctoral paper, (unless it's different in your country?)

I need some catch up to make it to your level but I wonder if you would share some of your older work? Seems quite interesting.

9:39 PM  
Blogger John ;) said...

In another forum, what Kuhn suggests is accepted: that 'violence', per se, is inevitable. The old regime will not give up easily.
However, Weiser's supposition seems to suggest that computing knowledge is a straight and progressive line of development. Which may be so, may that is often more dependent on your view of geekdom. But it has to be acknowledges that new knowledges, whilst building on past, are active in both subsuming and suppressing past knowledge. As an example, how many young uns can program in Basic, or are aware of it???
As a piece of wall art once proclaimed, 'Subvert the dominant paradigm!'
p.s. enjoy blog - one of few I have actually returned to ... for what it is worth ;)

10:18 PM  
Blogger PanzerPope said...

I hate to have a "what he said" comment, but I have to agree with "Michael". Everything has been built on top of the former. Being a "paper" game designer, when I refer to 'grognards' I mean the old time board wargamers. They built on what the miniatures players, played. (the market started by HG Wells, "Little Wars") TSR, who brought us Dungeons and Dragons, was a war game company and had a mini's game out (Chainmail). Would we have MMORPG's online today if we did not have the paper RPG's of the 70's or Wells' "Little Wars"?

Collectible Card Games such as Magic - from playing cards.

Minatures with a new twist - MageKnight.

So on and so on.

11:24 PM  
Blogger count said...

This statement is false.

12:32 AM  
Blogger The Bizarre Jokester said...

very nice idea for a blog! keep up the good work!

2:18 AM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Ha ha! This is great. I wish I knew about blogging when I was writing my diss. Does it help you to keep entertained?

2:30 AM  
Blogger deepsat said...


2:36 AM  
Anonymous silverhart said...

I agree with the guy at the top.

By the way, visit my site if you want. It's not mine but my mate's who wants people to join the forum.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretentious, Toi?

2:51 AM  
Blogger Hedgie said...

This is hilarious! - Such a clever idea for a blog. I love it; brings back memories of the dreaded thesis years . . .

4:28 AM  
Blogger Mega Munch said...

Ahhh, two sentences indeed. Perhaps because blogger was down yesterday?

4:51 AM  
Blogger The Yacht Broker said...

I like Berkeley!

5:14 AM  
Blogger Amelie Fu said...

I don't know what they use in your uni for plagarism, but at my uni they use 'turn it in'. It takes your work (dissertation or what have you) and searches the internet for matching phrases from your work! So if you've published your work on this site, in bits and pieces... I wonder if turn it in would fail you on grounds of plagarism. It happened to a friend of mine, she'd used her own thoughts on a website and used them in a paper and 'turn it in' said she was a plagariser... something to think about.

6:07 AM  
Blogger TJ said...

I like the idea...congratulations on being a Blog of Note!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

It has been said that no paradigm is ever changed, the old one's adherents simply die, and with them the "authority" that kept it dominant. Thus science progresses slowly. The on-line world is still fresh and starry-eyed, and its paradigms are still in the formative stages, ill-fitting, and mostly borrowed from other disciplines. So boldly go, and stake your claim.

2:56 AM  
Blogger MachSirius said...

Paradigms do build on the backbone of the one that precedes it. Try deciphering the structure of an atom without first developing the microscope.

Now, you could suggest something radically different and innovative that is completely out of the norm, but there are two realities with which to contend:
1) As a previous poster (Michael) stated, the investment of time and money needed to develop a “thing” (paradigm) is too great to just let it be washed away. The people invested will slow down any change they can. In this respect, a violent overthrow WOULD be required to change a paradigm. But,

2) The human brain is not capable of creating something without learning underlying precursor information (i.e. schema, stereotypes, generalization, etc). To even conceive a new idea, you have to have some other paradigm(s) in mind as your basis. Therefore, the nature of progress is slow, not radical.

Technologically speaking, you can’t create something that you have no basis for knowing in the first place. Philosophical, I know, but it’s true.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Hello everyone. I really like the discussion of the paradigm shift claims that has popped up here in the comments. I thought I would point out that in my dissertation, I am not taking a position as to whether science advances cummulatively in a completely linear fashion, or whether it shifts abruptly and changes course in a non-cummulative fashion. The sentence here is simply setting up my observation that the early ubicomp researchers claimed to be part of a paradigm shift; they adopted Kuhn's rhetoric in order to generate excitement about the field, make a more persuasive argument for its urgency, and to attract more researchers. So it's not a discussion of how science progresses, but rather of a particular rhetorical strategy about how science progresses. But I've really enjoyed all the discussion about science & tech progression nevertheless! Thanks.

3:23 PM  
Blogger MachSirius said...

So, your position is some scientist(s) specifically sensationalize their "process" in order to generate interest. If they did it to generate money, I think we'd call them politicians.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Graeme Gee said...

I was a primary teacher and I used teach sentence as 'a story',.....but somehow these stories are understandable.

3:17 AM  
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