"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

The willow tree at the bottom of my garden is pumping downy seeds into the air. It is raining instructions out there; it's raining programs; it's raining tree-growing, fluff-spreading, algorithms. This is not a metaphor, it is the plain truth. It couldn't be any plainer if it were raining floppy disks. It is raining DNA.

[: Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker]

Posted by rp on 09.28.2009

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