Duality of Social Thinking

Straight from the Unabomber and Nietzschean files, Paul Buchheit tells us:

Every system has two sets of rules: The rules as they are intended or commonly perceived, and the actual rules (“reality”).

Sometimes we catch a glimpse of the truth, and discover the actual rules of a system. Once the actual rules are known, it may be possible to perform “miracles” — things which violate the perceived rules.

Hacking isn’t limited to computers though. Wherever there are systems, there is the potential for hacking, and there are systems everywhere. Our entire reality is systems of systems, all the way down.

Paul Buchheit

The rest of the article is the kind of happy hype half-marketing drool that characterizes nu-blog style, but this part was a little gem: simple, straightforward and inspiring.

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