The Path to Wisdom

“Where is the wisdom that we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge that we have lost in information?” T.S. Eliot ‘The Rock’ Because they invite error we should be wary of interchangeable terms and there are few that invite more than the terms data, information, knowledge and wisdom. The first two are easily muddled while the last two seem either elusive or too loaded … Continue reading The Path to Wisdom

Amusing Ourselves to Death

By rights Neil Postman’s 1985 tract on television’s perniciousness should be a relic or at least a curiosity but despite being written amid the Reagan administration parts of Amusing Ourselves to Death seem as relevant as ever while others less so. Evoking Orwell, Huxley and McLuhan Postman casts his gaze over television and by extension mass media’s reach. That said, when he talks of the primacy of … Continue reading Amusing Ourselves to Death

The Golden Ratio as Design Strategy

The Golden Ratio is one of those design concepts that’s often discussed but not entirely well understood but whether you believe it to be divine or bunkum it’s worth knowing about. First up, it’s not a magic bullet; despite what Dan Brown may say it’s not encoded with divine hermetic powers but it does turn up a lot in art and nature whether it’s the Parthenon or The Last Supper. In … Continue reading The Golden Ratio as Design Strategy