Thom: Day-Dream


„[I]s not day-dream the virtual catastrophe in which knowledge is initiated?“ (p. 325) #Thom #day-dream #catastrophe #knowledge

Thom, René, Structural Stability and Morphogenesis: An Outline of a General Theory of Models. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press 2018.

Brillouin: Information and Knowledge


„In other words, we define ‚information‘ as distinct from ‚knowledge,‘ for which we have no numerical measure.“ (p. 9) #Brillouin #information #knowledge

Brillouin, Léon, Science and Information Theory. New York: Academic Press 21962.

Kockelman: Simple Relation


„We consider something a simple relation only when we are ignorant of its inner workings, or when it works so perfectly that it disappears from view. Both ignorance and knowledge may thereby reduce a third to a second, a ground to a figure, or a mediator to an intermediary.“ (p. 37) #Kockelman #relation #ignorance #knowledge

Kockelman, Paul, The Art of Interpretation in the Age of Computation. New York: Oxford University Press 2017. 231 S., ISBN 978-0-19-063653-1.

Mill: Logic and Knowledge


„Logic, however, is not the same thing with knowledge, though the field of logic is co-extensive with the field of knowledge. Logic is the common judge and arbiter of all particular investigations. It does not undertake to find evidence, but to determine whether it has been found. Logic neither observes, nor invents, nor discovers; but judges.“ (Intro. §5) #Mill #logic #knowledge

Russell: Certain Knowledge


„Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it? This question, which at first sight might not seem difficult, is really one of the most difficult that can be asked. When we have realized the obstacles in the way of a straightforward and confident answer, we shall be well launched on the study of philosophy–for philosophy is merely the attempt to answer such ultimate questions, not carelessly and dogmatically, as we do in ordinary life and even in the sciences, but critically, after exploring all that makes such questions puzzling, and after realizing all the vagueness and confusion that underlie our ordinary ideas.“ (Chap. I) #Russell #knowledge #ideas