January 24, 2008

The User Illusion, part two

The importance of discarding information to create meaning. A huge number of associations boiled down to a few lines, easily communicated and yet hard to express.

Meaning is information … that which is no longer present and no longer needs to be. p98

Beauty, elegance, ease and laid-backness are linked: Saying a lot in a few words or signs or movements of looks or caresses – now, that is beautiful, clear and cathartic. p133

Hiding a large amount of meaning in a short mnemonic, a keyword that unlocks the world.

An outline is good if it contains microstates with high entropy: lots of possible microstates for each macrostate p133

…everything that is not present, but is not gone either. p133

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