[Humanist] 24.785 anticipation
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Mar 16 07:20:04 CET 2011
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 785.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:45:09 -0400
From: Francois Lachance <lachance at chass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: The Art of Anticipation
In-Reply-To: <20110310063539.6DDFC104EEA at woodward.joyent.us>
Since you often post on the thems of craftsmanship, discipline and
technology, I think the following from William Gibson might be of
interest. In this passage from _All Tomorrow's Parties_ he invites us to
ponder the nature of design:
That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome, the
anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace.
It is a well crafted sentence that defies anticipation.
Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
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