At first, there was a mild tolerance for this approach. The best imaginable bedtime reading. When most people envision the future, they project the current form forward rather than projecting the function forward and abandoning the form. For different pairs of points we will get different lines, with very different gradients. This is not an easy book to read, but there are three reasons to appreciate it. One of the great autobiographies of the millennium. Joseph Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy 1942 A great economist presents a dark vision of politics in a book which is accurately reasoned and brilliantly written.
Jerome's translation, however, has been lost in its entirety. We abstract these from concrete experience to see movement in one direction, and time becomes a universal form. Throughout the 1800s and 1900s, leather bags were specialized for particular uses—backpacks for school, rucksacks for hiking, suitcases for travel. Musk, a notorious self-learner with degrees in both economics and physics, literally taught himself rocket science. Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff 1979 The dazzling story of the test pilots and Mercury astronauts is narrated by Wolfe as a compelling affirmation of the American spirit and traditional values. The rest of the work focuses on the processes of evolution and dissolution which govern matter. In fact, thanks to our advertising partners, even a simple act like reading another article helps us contribute more.
How much time will it take? This is the reverse of homogeneity to heterogeneity, but that applies to closed systems and not the universe as such necessarily, that is as the ultimate unknowable. Jon Steinberg, president of BuzzFeed, explains the first principles of virality: Keep it short. The best solution is not where everyone is already looking. Demonstrates that the brute force of the state can destroy even the most beloved institutions. The author had street smarts too. At once ingenious, humane, and humble, it puts philosophy on the right track after the sins of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and others.
Second, in an era when knowledge is increasingly specialized, Spencer looks underneath for those structures that, he believes, govern everyday phenomena. A few smaller quotations of the original Greek are preserved in Justinian's Letter to Mennas. We see co-existence, and movement in two or more? Sometimes the early bird gets the worm and sometimes the first mouse gets killed. Differentiation from first principles of some simple curves For any curve it is clear that if we choose two points and join them, this produces a straight line. Whether god s exists or not, whether the universe is eternal or was created is unknowable. Only the coach, however, can determine why a play was successful or unsuccessful and figure out how to adjust it. Book One describes the heavenly world, and includes descriptions of the oneness of God, the relationship between the three persons of the Trinity, the nature of the divine spirit, reason, and angels.
So I take Spencer's law of progress to be a local phenomena and not the ultimate fate of the universe which is unknowable as Spencer defines it. And yet so few of us master this principle. But negativity was not what Spencer saw as the implication of his theory. Some of them are just play stealers. The mind moves from parts to ever greater wholes. Peretti figured out early on the first principle of a successful website: wide distribution.
Nebular gases gather and concentrate through the power of a greater gravitational force to form star and solar systems. This renders a full display of the principal defects of the Confederation necessary, in order to show that the evils we experience do not proceed from minute or partial imperfections, but from fundamental errors in the structure of the building, which cannot be amended otherwise than by an alteration in the first principles and main pillars of the fabric. Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History 1953 Strauss revealed the philosophical nerve of the Modern Project and retrieved the political dimension of classical philosophy. White, The Elements of Style 1959 An extraordinary little book that explains with clarity the use and misuse of the written word. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. Multiplying the observed steps of this process in space and time doesn't give us its true nature.
That which is true of any total mass, is true of the parts into which it segregates. Let's discuss how you can utilize first principles thinking in your life and work. At the initial levels of homogeneity, the coherence of the system is indefinite and weak and the system is vulnerable to other systems that pull them into new collective forms where they become parts of greater, more complex and coherent wholes. So I think Spencer isn't wrong as much as he limits his thinking yet extrapolates greatly on a few principles. This means aiming to garner maximum social shares to put distribution in the hands of readers.
Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind 1953 Did the impossible: showed a self-satisfied liberalism that conservatism in America could be intellectually respectable. Yet, people have been saying this for hundreds of years — literally — and companies keep starting and competing with different ideas, variations, and strategies. A tank and a bicycle appear to have nothing in common, but pieces of a tank and a bicycle can be combined to develop innovations like a snowmobile. His ideas are complex and they are difficult to understand and summarize. Analogies move us to see the problem in the same way that someone else sees the problem. They wonder what they are missing. He therefore heavily modified Origen's text, omitting and altering any parts which disagreed with contemporary Christian orthodoxy.