The Promise of Wisdom

I was wandering around used book stores and ended up buying a book called “The Promise of Wisdom” by J.Glenn Gray. I’m not sure if its any good. I’ll ask the teachers if any of them has read it. Here’s a quote from the title page of part 3 “Philosophical Problems of Practice”.

“The genuine teacher is only superior to the students in that he has far more to learn than they, namely to let learning occur. The teacher must be capable of being more teachable than his students. The teacher is far less sure of his task than the students are of theirs. Hence in the relationship of teacher and learner, if this relationship is a genuine one, it is never a question of the authority of the great knower or the dominating influence of the instructor. Therefore it is a great thing to become a teacher, something quite different than to be a famous professor.” – Martin Heidegger

The book uses words like “mankind” and the “free man” and as above you can notice that for some reason the teacher is “he”, so its a bit old school but I think there’s some good info in there.

Happy Birthday RMS

Richard Matthew Stallman

Richard Stallman
Ruchard Stallman By Ruben Rodriguez – CC BY 4.0

Quotes on rms essays.

Richard Stallman is the prophet of the free software movement. He understood the dangers of software patents years ago. Now that this has become a crucial issue in the world, buy this book and read what he said.

– Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World-Wide Web.

For the first time this book collects the writing and lectures of Richard Stallman in a manner that will make their subtlety and power clear. The essays span a wide range, from copyright to the history of the free software movement. They include many arguments not well known, and…will serve as a resource for those who seek to understand the thought of this most powerful man…

– Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University Law School professor and expert on Cyberlaw.

Richard Stallman is the philosopher king of software. He single-handedly ignited what has become world-wide movement to create software that is Free, with a capital F. He has toiled for years at a project that many once considered a fool’s errand, and now that is widely seen as “inevitable.” We stand today not at the brink of the Free Software revolution, but in the middle. From today’s perspective it is hard to remember a time when free software was not widely available and the concept of Free Software was not widely understood. Yet this was not always the case. Fifteen years ago, Stallman was widely seen as a person tilting at windmills; people jeered at him and told him to “move to Russia.” Today Stallman’s views on the usefulness and role of Free Software are understood and, to a great extent, accepted. On the other hand, Stallman’s views on Copyright (and Copyleft), Digital Restrictions Management, and the poisonous role of patents are only beginning to meet with acceptance.

– Simson L. Garfinkel, computer science author and columnist

Wikibooks and Self-defence


A while back I wrote a guide on How to Escape the Headlock for Wikibooks and managed to get some friends to help with the pics then an anonymous person added some tips on how to avoid the headlock and a wrote a book on folkstyle wrestling.

It was when bullying in schools was receiving attention from the media. Knowledge of self-defence was useful during my time in school and still is as an adult.