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35231RE: [XP] Expunged Programming vs Neo Pop Meta-Philosophy

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  • Steve Ropa
    Oct 2, 2001
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: wecaputo@... [mailto:wecaputo@...]
      > Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 3:02 PM
      > To: extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [XP] Expunged Programming vs Neo Pop Meta-Philosophy
      > Dave,
      > I want to take issue with your Expunged Programming. And that
      > issue has a
      > name:
      > Neo Pop Meta-Philosphy.
      > NPMP is that branch of philosophy concerned with mapping
      > popular quotes to
      > their underlying philosophical roots. For example:
      > (from the Matrix):
      > Morpheus:
      > "What is "real"? How do you define "real"? If you're talking
      > about what you
      > can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see,
      > then "real" is
      > simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain..."
      > Underlying source: Descartes
      > (from Monty Python:)
      > Dennis: "Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin'
      > swords is no
      > basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power
      > derives from a
      > mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!"
      > Underlying source: Marx
      > Thus it is a meta-philosophy, as it is refers to the
      > underlying philosophy.
      > Interestingly, most people do not know the underlying source, just the
      > quote, yet they use the quote in much the same way (and often
      > completely
      > the opposite way) that the original now forgotten (by the masses)
      > philosopher intended.
      > You can even have meta-meta philosophy:
      > (from Mall Rats:)
      > Silent Bob: "Do or do not there is no try."
      > quoting Yoda Speaking various flavors of eastern philosophy.
      > And so forth.
      > So far from wasting our brain spaces, all of that pop culture
      > is the wisdom
      > of the ages, condensed into memorable sound bytes(sic) so
      > that we can all
      > be more effective at our jobs (or did I dream it?)
      > Best,
      > Bill
      So for about 2 hours we all had a nice excuse to live a life of debauchery,
      but you go and burst our bubble. Thanks a lot...
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