Opening Salvo

We are smart enough to realize we are stupid, and stupid enough to make the problem of becoming smarter hard.

—Anders Sandberg[1]

[1] From “Amplifying Cognition: Extending Memory and Intelligence,” 1997. Accessed online at

I know; that's a heady, arrogant way to open a book. But this book is about heady stuff, and I'll try to prove it. To do so, I shall cast the information this book presents in a light far brighter than topic maps, computers, indeed, the Universe and Everything.[2] That's my intent, anyway.

[2] With apologies to the late Douglas Adams. See his site at

David Weinberger had this to say about the Web:

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