August 1, 2006

We Need You To Fill In Step Two

Filed under: digital — mhoye @ 10:46 am

To whom it may concern:

The phrase “Emergent Properties” is, like the “Law Of Unintended Consequences”, a way of saying “we don’t know why that happened but, golly, would you look at that”. Except that get to sound very smart and clever while you’re saying it.

Please note that if you use “emergent properties” as an engineering principle rather than a demarcation of ignorance, you will be asked to demonstrate your work. Furthermore, you’re not fooling anybody.

Thank you.


  1. I would be more entertained, but there’s always the underlying current of horror.

    Comment by Zeynep — August 4, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

  2. I always figured that unintended consequences was a great way of saying “We looked when we crossed the street, but we forgot to look both ways.”

    Comment by kev — August 8, 2006 @ 7:57 am

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