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Edmund Burke said:
A clear idea is another name for a little idea.
I don’t get it
matt is never clear (so the accusation goes)
matt always has big ideas (so the implication of Burke’s saying goes)
little in terms of worth?
Aaron, thank you for translating the musings for us. Even if Burke is right, does that imply the truth of: “An obscure idea is a big idea”? I am sure that there is some technical term for that potential error, any logicians out there?
I like it.
If an idea is clear (ie easy to express / communicate successfully in current contexts) it is clearly not very groundbreaking. This is memetics – easy to understand ideas catch on fast, even if they’re not much good for anything.
As Mark Twain said “A man with a [really] new idea is a crank until he succeeds.”
hey matt. my hotmail is screwing up royally at the moment. if you got that email about damian’s dinner, could you email it to email@example.com. cheers, that would be fantastic.
Argh – the spam monster will gobble you up if you leave your email address hanging out like that!
Surely big ideas are always a collection of small ideas? Think about your favourite lecturer/preacher/writer? Aren’t they always the ones who take a complex idea and simplify it? I always found that with people who were explaining things to me like how an engine works (or what bark on trees was made of) and I think it is the same for intangible ideas. None of them are ever that “complex” but are capable of simple/clear/precise expression without losing any of their richness.
like the Trinity, you mean ;)
You are right of course – Tri = 3, Unity = 1. Could it be any simpler?
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