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Selected-By: John.McCartney@EBay.Sun.COM ( The Lion of Symmetry )
The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
> O Huge Oracle, who uses clothesline for dental floss, and who buffs
> his toenails with a floor polisher, please tell me why my piling
> system, -er- I mean my FILING system is always overflowing and never
> in order. Is there some cosmic secret to getting all these papers put
> away, thrown away, kept away, out of my way, yet with the things I
> need still instantly available? I don't think the computer is the
> answer, because I suspect it's useless to scan in handwritten notes,
> or catalogues I intend to order something from, some day, or the
> archival stuff on the floor.
} Your Freudian slip was wiser than you knew. In fact, careful filing
} systems have been one of the greatest barriers to humanity's
} development of cosmic consciousness. Your *piling* system is on the
} right track.
} Consider for a moment. You've studied chaos theory. You've learned in
} cognitive science that consciousness is an epiphenomenon. Complex
} systems that are allowed to grow complex enough ultimately develop
} orderly structures that cannot be predicted from the characteristics of
} their consituent parts.
} Our Solar System was once a garbage dump for a race of interstellar
} colonists whose home base was Beta Centauri. Consider the results:
} Mars coalesced from old racing forms. The core of Venus was discarded
} sponges, used Lava Lamps, and Centaurian Chia Pets. As for Earth:
} a primordial soup of interplanetary speeding citations, biology
} textbook overstock, pop-top rings from before the Centaurians invented
} pull-tabs, faulty 1 terabyte RAM chips, and Spam.
} So the secret is to introduce enough chaos and complexity into your
} papers that they begin to self-organize. The order that will
} eventually emerge is unpredictable, but expect it to be as
} information-rich as a strand of DNA--as beautiful as a fractal
} image--as logical as the VMS operating system....
} On second thought, maybe you just ought to hire a secretary...