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It's not what it is, it's what you do with it

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:53 pm    Post subject: It's not what it is, it's what you do with it Reply with quote

On one hand, this sentiment is similar to many shopworn cliches,
but on the other hand, I have found it to be a very useful little mantra.

This is a handy little reminder that the situations we find ourselves in,
the facts we confront, our relations with others can be perceived not
so much as the nouns they seem to be, but as the opportunities for
action that they can be.

I date my formulating this phrase to 2000-2001.

-Brian
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It reminds me of a report I wrote on knowledgebase technology while at Microsoft in the early 90s.

I broke down knowledge into declarative (nouns) and procedural (verbs).

Declarative knowledge is static, it is knowledge by position, or placement within a framework.

This thing is a fork because it has tynes.

In software, it may be encapsulated in objects.

Procedural knowledge is dynamic, it is knowlege by action (as you say, "what you do with it").

This thing is a fork because I can prong food with it and eat the food.

In software, procedural knowledge may be encapsulated by methods or rules.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess we both owe a debt to Marshall "I seem to be a verb" McLuhan...
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