30 January 2018 | News

Dovetail’s noble quest

Author: Trevor Jobling

I just came across this quote attributed to Alfred North Whitehead (Mathematician and philosopher. 1861 – 1947)

Alfred North Whitehead

“It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, they require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.”

I really like this. The emphasis is mine by the way.

Firstly, it graphically establishes the basis on which Larry Wall (a famous programmer) thinks laziness is a virtue in developers.

Secondly, Dovetail automates important business processes for its clients. Based on this, can we claim to be advancing human civilization no less, every single day? I like the sound of that! 🙂

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