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December 2013

Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering: what is this all about?

They’re different facets of the same constructive and creative discipline dealing with information flow: the mathematical study and literature, the technical knowledge and the actual designing and writing respectively. Information is a sequence of conventional signs that convey ideas; big amounts of information and dedicated machinery can be also used to encode, transmit and reproduce sensorial objects such as images, video and audio. So, information flow design is all about creating abstract worlds: playgrounds and tools for, and about, the abstract mind (or small mind as it is called in some traditions), which is the only one current computing machines can deal with fast enough for our needs. Being essentially constructive (it …

Words, facts and tea

Words and thoughts are conventional signs. They can help represent and share our own personal experience, our mind map. Of course they can be invaluable in practical daily matters, like for example counting things; still, we should avoid mistaking them for what they represent. When someone does something nice for us, be it preparing a tea when we’re cold or bringing a gift, we think “kindness”; nevertheless, the real “kindness” is not something asbtract beyond the facts but it is the action, it is the tea. Without action, without tea, there’s no “kindness”. When someone says: “let’s work together” what does it mean? It really depends. If it comes after teamwork, then …