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The Things that Nobody Knows – William Hartston

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December 22, 2011 - Posted by | General

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  1. Great Book. Worth checking The Encyclopedia of Pointless Information too. http://www.wakkipedia.com

    Comment by Joe | February 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Although – there are some that say ALL information is ultimately useful. See post
      🙂 Thanks for referral
      On not so useless, useless facts and the end of Time.
      More on that Charles Babbage: Well, he was a great lover of facts and data – they intoxicated him and he is known to have said “the preservation of any fact might ultimately be useful”. He did all sorts of peculiar things like measure the heartbeat of a calf and attempt to affix a numerical value to the breath of a calf. He even spent valuable time conducting research on something as obscure as the relative frequency of the causes of the breaking of plate glass widows! His conclusions were that there were 464 breakages, 14 of which were caused by drunkenness. He delighted in the thought of having a daily account of the food consumed by zoo animals and the statistical analysis of the “proportion of sexes” amongst our poultry. The thing about facts is that they do all have some intrinsic value; some intrinsic meaning even, whatever meaning is. They are part of a bigger picture, a bigger truth. One day, we may be equipped with the brains and processing power to understand and analyse the patterns; to know why things were they way they were. But in that day, we won’t be talking in terms of before and after or were and will be. Time: the construct may have ceased to exist altogether. Then – will facts matter? What will matter? What does?

      Comment by themissbenjamin | March 8, 2012 | Reply


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