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March 30, 2017

"Quia parvus error in principio magnus est in fine"

1. A small mistake in the beginning is a big one in the end, according to the Philosopher in the first book of On the Heavens and the Earth.
And as Ibn-Sînâ says in the beginning of his Metaphysics, being and essence are what is first conceived by the intellect. 2. Thus, to avoid making mistakes out of ignorance of them, and to become familiar with the difficulties they entail, we must point out what is signified by the words "being" and "essence" and how they are found in diverse things, and how they are related to the logical intentions, genus, species, and difference. 3. Since we ought to acquire knowledge of what is simple from what is composed, and come to what is prior from what is posterior, so that, beginning with what is easier, we may progress more suitably in learning; we ought proceed from the meaning of the word "being" to that of the word "essence."
Thomas Aquinas: De ente et essentia: English

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 30, 2017 5:27 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The fundamental mistake is in not changing the trajectory from beginning to desired end. This requires being, awareness, intent, courage, intervention (course correction), perseverance, action.
The deeper meanings of the article are lost on me. I play in the shallows; a curious child.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at March 31, 2017 7:38 AM

"In architecting a new system, all the important mistakes are made in the first day." -- Spinrad (1998)

Posted by: bfwebser at March 31, 2017 8:10 AM

architecting? Yeah, I know it's been around a couple of decades, but I still loathe those who create amorphous words just for the hell of it to replace perfectly good, much more exact terms, to wit: designing, engineering, designing and engineering.

Posted by: billH at March 31, 2017 8:56 AM

Vitruvius would kick the author right in the nutz, twice.

We live in the time when words mean whatever the speaker wants them to mean and the listeners hear them as whatever they want then to mean.

Welcome to the New Babel.

Confused? Look it up.

Posted by: ghostsniper at March 31, 2017 11:18 AM

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