Thinking, Hard and Soft


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Thinking, Hard and Soft

About the Book

As we approach the summit of our lives, Proust writes, "it is as if we are perched on living stilts which keep on growing, reaching the height of church-towers, until walking becomes difficult and dangerous and then finally we fall." A remedy for the inevitable collapse is to create works in which we reconnect thoughts, times, places and people. That is the aim of these essays. They are hyperlinks through time and space: attempts to recollect and reconnect scraps of thought. We need connected thought for good steersmanship, but it's not easy. Finding the right balance feels like an analogue, not a digital activity. As Zhuangzi's wheelwright points out (in Burton Watson's translation): "when I chisel a wheel, if the blows of the mallet are too gentle, the chisel slides and won’t take hold. But if they’re too hard, it bites in and won't budge. Neither too gentle nor too hard - you can get it in your hand and feel it in your mind. You can't put it into words, and yet there's a knack to it somehow." The essays in Thinking, Hard and Soft range from Proust, Homer and Zhuangzi to Cybernetics and AI and it's all washed down with a healthy dose of wine, just in case. 

Here is what some readers have said about "Thinking, Hard and Soft" so far:

"Thought provoking. An example of how mankind can muddle through the opposition and find a way to do the right thing in the end."

    Simon Dakin, Business Systems and Information Manager

"Very well written... Very few people publishing in LinkedIn can write like this. And that's probably a large understatement... a rare ability to fuse philosophy, science, technology, history and original thought..."

    Stephen Cummins, CEO & Founder AppSelekt, CSO Academic Innovations


    Douglas Levin, Professional Sommelier & Wine Writer

About the Author

Martin Klimmek
Martin Klimmek

In my professional life I work to build value from data in sustainable industry. I have a PhD in Statistics from the University of Warwick. I'm interested in communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution and have become an accredited mediator (CIArb and CEDR) while exploring these areas. My current projects include developing my understanding of legal perspectives on dispute and conflict through a part-time LLM at City, University of London and learning Chinese Mandarin (step by step, very slowly).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • List of Images
  • Sleepless
  • Wise Words?
  • Minding the Gap
    • High or Low?
    • Sooner or Later?
    • Next stop?
  • Time and the Rail Revolution
  • Triage 2.0
  • Taking Data to Heart
  • Tastes of Tomorrow
    • Science Fiction
  • Thinking, Hard and Soft
  • On Government
  • Howlrounds in Open Society
  • AI and the Games of Life
  • Animal Spirits
  • Fur and Silicon
    • Fall and rise
    • From Kastoria and San-Francisco to superhuman loners: scraps of thought
  • Everything is a Remix: Wine with Wiener
  • Fragments
    • Monking
    • Quit while you’re ahead
    • Telos
    • Shaanxi
    • Generalists
  • Notes

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