Update 2 Aug 2010 09:27: correct year of said update now denoted. 🙂
Update 2 Aug 2010 09:20: replaced a Wikipedia link.
(Warning: clear signs of philosophical tendencies follow.)
Humans. When will we ever learn?
Why could, say, sarcasm be so hard to convey at times? An audience would simply assume a message is serious, and for some reason – no matter how absurd the conclusions would seem – the assumptions are not the first to be questioned.
To make things worse, sometimes said conclusions are not communicated back, but maybe this is not a big deal in the long run? Or maybe it is?
Interpreting a message without trying to understand the context is like running a business without a strategy.
Incidentally, I suggest the more convinced you are that you know the context and the underlying motives, the more likely it is that you don’t. Just consider e-mail conversations.
Apparently, exercising the mind with openness means accepting that there are no simple answers. On the other hand, it should bring you closer to the truth, so it seems like a logical choice. Inconvenient, maybe, but logical.
What, then, is worse than one assumption? Software patents, of course! (Oops, I meant: “several assumptions”.)
Now and then, I see people who argue heavily for one cause one day, and the opposite the next. Repeat this process any number of times, without any tangible attempts of understanding what went wrong, or even the mere awareness of having changed their mind (a possible side effect of using the gut).
So, how many assumptions did you just engage in when reading this post? (Don’t forget to count the idea that they can be counted in the first place.)