17.396 non nobis... & the "recombinant potential" of thought

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Nov 14 2003 - 04:01:34 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 396.
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             Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 08:48:46 +0000
             From: Neven Jovanovic <neven.jovanovic@zg.htnet.hr>
             Subject: Re: 17.391 transcorporate? non _nobis_ sed omnibus?

    An incidental further search on _non nobis sed omnibus_ turned out the
    Sed quoniam, ut praeclare scriptum est a Platone, non nobis solum nati
    sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici, atque, ut
    placet Stoicis, quae in terris gignantur, ad usum hominum omnia creari,
    homines autem hominum causa esse generatos, ut ipsi inter se aliis alii
    prodesse possent, in hoc naturam debemus ducem sequi, communes utilitates
    in medium adferre, mutatione officiorum, dando accipiendo, tum artibus, tum
    opera, tum facultatibus devincire hominum inter homines societatem.
    (Cic. De officiis 1,22)
    --- what can be of interest here even for the non-latinists is how the
    ideas evolve, almost independently, on their own: somebody reads _non nobis
    solum nati sumus_ followed by _homines autem hominum causa_ etc, and
    translates / transforms it in the mind into _non nobis, sed omnibus_
    (perhaps contaminating this with the Lucan I quoted earlier). Are not there
    programmers who dream of creating programs which will evolve independently,
    even using for their evolution cycles spare time on various machines all
    over the net?

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