Tuesday, October 17, 2017

J. S. Mill's Methods I

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From Dictionary of Philosophy
Mill's methods: Inductive methods formulated by John Stuart Mill for the discovery of causal relations between phenomena.
Method of Agreement: If two or more instances of the phenomenon under investigation have only one circumstance in common, the circumstance in which alone all the instances agree, is the cause (or effect) of the given phenomenon.
 -- A. Cornelius Benjamin 
 -- Kilgore Forelle


Yalta Bibliography III

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I also have written about Yalta, along with my alter ego, Verbal Vol, in previous posts to EVC.  Here are the links:

 -- Kilgore Forelle


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Process Eats Product

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There is no music that is free of the instrument.  Interface dictates product.  Consider this quote, "An elective despotism is not the government we fought for" from James Madison.  Doesn't the current POTUS personify this misallocation of human resources?  Didn't re-election become Job One as the votes were being counted in November 2016?

-- Kilgore Forelle

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cincinnati III

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 -- Kilgore Forelle

Cincinnati II

As a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government … too many people desire to suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism. If that comfort makes the enemy feel better for a few moments, they are welcome to it as far as I am concerned, because the maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great deal more good than it will do the enemy, and will prevent mistakes which might otherwise occur.
 — Robert Taft

— Kilgore Forelle


Cincinnati

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It has been a long time, but as usual I enjoyed Cincinnati tremendously.  Cincinnati was one of my influences in my youth.  It was the largest city within reach of my Kentucky home, and it, along with Boston, was among my two favorite European-style American cities.  When I graduated from college, I began my professional career in the Queen City.  This, the home of the Tafts, is where I learned standing on my own, responsibility, freedom, individualism, voluntaryism, and choice.  Cincinnati is a great town for these qualities.  I follow with a Chōku (a Japanese verse form that starts wit a Haiku, but continues with an indeterminate number of pairs of 7-syllable lines) dedicated to Cincinnati:

Cincinnati pig
Porkopolis, Ohio
Eden Park, the Reds
Krohn Conservatory, the
heights of Mt. Adams, Skyline,
the buildings and the Chili
Union Station, Music Hall
Salmon P. Chase, William Taft
Zoo, Botanical Gardens
Moerlein India Pale
The seven hills, named for Rome,
I studied spontaneous
organization UC,
United Dairy Farmers
The Newport Aquarium
Architecture Cinci-style
Residence Inn, Lytle Park.
 -- Kilgore Forelle


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Words Poorly Used #108 -- Information

It's just a system.  It is independent of ideas of right and wrong.  Data goes in and it gets transformed in the process that awaits it.  The output is a direct result of the process.  The process can be tinkered with to produce relatively true or false information.  The output is just in formation -- in a formal structure.  That formal structure, presentation, sometimes fools its patrons -- if it looks orderly (and truth should be orderly) then it must be true.  Watch out for data dressed formally.

-- Kilgore Forelle