Progress Is Continuous by Nature

Daniel Lemire, Weblog, Jan 08, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Daniel Lemire's observations are consistent with what I have seen in the study of philosophy. Even the most stunning achievements of people like Descartes and Kant are stunningly small when observed in the context of existing thought at the time (which was actually very comforting to me). As Lemire says, "apparent jumps forward are social effects. If you ever become part of history as an innovator, it will not be because of your superior ideas, but because you were at the center of a social phenomenon. Be humble."
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