Re: virus: Re: virus-digest V2 #27

Dan Plante (
Sun, 02 Feb 1997 18:12:40 -0800

At 10:00 PM 2/2/97 GMT, Dave Pape wrote:
>At 22:42 02/02/97 -0800, Lior wrote:
>>Reed Konsler asked:
>>What is the difference between an invention and a discovery?
>>Discovery - It was there before, we've only revealed it.
>>Invention - It wasn't there before, we've formed it.
>Inventions are engineering metasystems which emerge from the interaction of
>memes, organisms (largely human), and the components of the inventions
>>Humans can't create.
>Dave Pape

Oh, what the hell. I'll throw my hat in the ring too.
(I wonder what James Burke would make of this?)

The Metasystem Transition History of the "Dan Plante" System

initial conditions = data (conception)
control of data = information (conception to puberty)
control of information = knowledge (puberty to marriage)
control of knowledge = wisdom (marriage to divorce)