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From: "Christopher Spottiswoode" <cms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 16:45:47 +0200
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Paola,    (01)

You had wondered:    (02)

> RE. Koestler
> I read (and cited) excerpts from the Ghost in the Machine, was 
> not aware of the book you mention below
> but since looking it up it looks he wrote a lot of stuff , 
> wonder how difficult its going to be to get hold of these books 
> in the library    (03)

Good libraries should have it.  It's certainly read in at least 
some relevant quarters.  Alan Kay in his keynote address at 
OOPSLA'97 devoted a lot of attention to Koestler and his notion of 
bisociation.    (04)

In my OOPSLA'96 workshop paper, 
http://jeffsutherland.com/oopsla96/spottisw.html, I had already 
acknowledged my debt to Koestler, so I was most happy that the 
inventor of windowing systems.should also find bisociation 
relevant.  Cf. my last sentence of the paragraph concerned in the 
post you were responding to:    (05)

>> Hence the MACK notion of 'context', which involves an 
>> ever-changing or kaleidoscopic new light on the particular 
>> given and basic facts of the situation, with an intuitiveness 
>> very similar to that of good multi-windowed applications.    (06)

I hope you manage to lay your hands on the book, and thanks for 
agreeing it might be relevant to our common interests!    (07)

Christopher    (08)

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