Tuesday, July 27, 2004


"Objectivity is a worthwhile objective, but it needs to be recognized that it can't be reached," Weinberger said, [objectively]. USA Today

This is one of a crowd of reasons I like The Wisdom of Crowds. It suggests a mode that cannot be characterized as subjective, or objective, yet which arrives in ways that we do not understand at reliable wagers on what is probably the case. It suggests that crowds do not speak from the individual consciousness, nor from some vanishingly transcendental standpoint. Remove the sub and the ob and you get the ject - the throw of the dice, on which the rumor of what is becomes what is. If he hasn't already, I urge David to read it.


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