Todays Quote

Nuclear powered vacuuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years.
— Alex Lewyt (President of the Lewyt Corporation,
manufacturers of vacuum cleaners), quoted in The New York
Times, June 10, 1955.

This morning when I opened my terminal on my local computer a new tcsh shell popped up with this strange thought provoking cookie! “Fortune” is a well known little nifty Unix app that servers the cookies. You can find fortune cookie files all over the net. And you can easily write your own cookie files with your own profound sentences and make them into .dat files with “Strfile” that is readable with “Fortune”. Take a look at the man fortune and man strfile. Unfortunately not all Unix systems today comes with the fortune app out the box – but then go and hunt for it!

Btw I found some profound quotes at the goblogua yesterday that I have compiled into a goblogua.zip file for download for use with the Fortune app (Right click to download – both files are used and remember to leave the .dat part out i.e. just Fortune goblogua ).

Why should 10 stupid men rule over 1 wise man?

Because they know better! Plato was wrong.

At the moment I am reading an interesting book that makes me turn pages with an amazing ease and in the same manner do away with my preconceptions of the wise.

The argument of the book is that chasing the expert is a mistake. We should stop hunting and ask the crowd. Chances are, the crowd knows much better and is much more accurate that any individual or small group of esoteric experts. This simple fact of science is especially true in problems of cognition, coordination and cooperation.

“The best way for a group to be smart is for each person in it to think and act as independently as possible.” “Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus and compromise.”

Given the right circumstances this is one of the best arguments in favor the free market – stripped of all other ideological nonsense! Its one of the best praises of individuality I have ever heard. This thesis of the crowd reinforces my belief in democracy.

Book reference: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki, Randomhouse 2004