Three articles and a doctoral thesis that I came across or had pointed out to me recently deal with the state of the software industry from different angles. However different they are, they do relate, and by putting them together a more comprehensive view of both how we got to this state, and how we… Continue reading “Building-With Versus Building-On” Improving Software Development Incrementally
in thinking through the relations between the four modes of aiton (cause, but from the perspective of the thing conceived as entelechia, a self-contained unity), telos is both initial bounds and goal, as such it is requirements and their fulfillment, in this it’s intimately related to eidos, which as the outward aspects are the bounds… Continue reading The Doctrine of the Four Causes in ‘AI’ Development
Were Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” to have a colon after ‘Delusion’, followed by the author’s name, as in the title above, it would at least have a certain self-irony that could only be taken as intentional (i.e. Dawkins being a delusion of God, rather than Dawkins painfully attempting to make a coherent point in ‘proving’… Continue reading “The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins” ??
I am, which is to say I remain, a Christian, if an odd sort of Christian. I even remain in many ways a theologian, though an odd sort of theologian, as well. The problems theology has had in terms of dealing with historiological studies of scriptural times, places and events has never been something particularly… Continue reading Mythos, Religion, and History
The feature of science most pushed on non-scientists as what defines a ‘great’ scientist is the notion of discovery. Heidegger resurrected the literal meaning of aletheia, truth, in Greek as ‘uncoveredness’, and occasionally science has used that to bolster its claims to be the arbiter of truth, despite Heidegger’s work containing a fundamental critique of… Continue reading Science and ‘Discovery’
Object-oriented is a contested term from software language design to ontology. Originally coined to describe the programming language Smalltalk by Alan Kay, one of the key designers of the language, its use has not only migrated to software languages that have very little in common with Smalltalk, but even to philosophical ontology via Graham Harman’s… Continue reading What is Intended by the term “Object-Oriented”?
‘Modern’ science, by which I mean science as essentially mathematical, like other communities has its own mythos, or self-narrative, by which community members identify as such, and understand their roles. The specific mythos of mathematical science was largely invented during the period known as the ‘enlightenment’, a period that ironically shares many features with the… Continue reading The Mythos of ‘Modern’ Science