sábado, 31 de enero de 2015

A Wonderful Harmony

a commentary to Bill Benzon's letter to Hillis Miller, "Paths Not Taken":

Computers are instruments that enhance our vision, and data processing enables us to see patterns where there were none before. What to do with those enhanced powers, that's the eternal question. One has to apply one's own powers of association and patterning to them, those that do not come along with the data, but rather with the observer. So we may get new data, which may even spark out new ideas, but that's still only half the job, the other half is as old as Heraclitus, when he said that "a wonderful harmony arises from joining together the seemingly unconnected". Or words to that effect.


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