"The Internet is not coming close to reaching its potential for building humanity’s knowledge base, our understanding of what it all means, or our ability to make smart choices based upon this understanding. This affects our emotional and mental wellbeing, and our capacity for self actualization and self transcendence...
We should strive to keep content and conversations alive, by creating spaces where people can have an evolving and structured conversation about stuff that matters to them. To enable smart choices by individuals and communities. To enable people to observe their own thinking (for example, to better understand their confirmation bias) and how the community is thinking about an issue or across issues."
[“The Runaway Species”, by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman, a composer and a neuroscientist,] makes a single argument, clearly and thoroughly: creativity is never the creation of something from nothing. Instead, consciously or not, people refashion things. They do this for the most part in three ways: by bending, breaking and blending. Bending involves taking something and altering a property. Breaking involves taking a whole apart and assembling something new from the fragments. And blending involves mixing multiple sources together in new ways.
An electronic book does not join itself to other books end to end, as printed books do when we set them on a shelf. Instead, the electronic book can merge into a larger textual structure at a thousand points of contact; it can dissolve into constituent elements that are constantly redefining their relationships to elements in other books.