Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Tyranny of the Discontinuous Mind

"The boundaries of objects are vague - and that goes for us too... Describing the world in terms of discrete objects is a useful fiction."

- Kees van Deemter, a computational linguist at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and author of Not Exactly: In praise of vagueness

Richard Dawkins calls this tendency to think in discrete categories "the tyranny of the discontinuous mind".

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