Welcome to Muse & Reason, I’m Robert Winter and this is my public Memex. A space for articles, essays and jottings.

This site is loosely divided into historyphilosophypoliticssocial comment and technology.

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  • Fourth Way – Living in Harmony with our Online Presence
    Instead of these three paths, the Fourth Way seeks to provide an alternative in which a student can seek to find a sense of mastery while still living their everyday life.
  • My Copy of The Times
    When we cut each other off from access to knowledge, we may preserve our copyright, but we run the risk of endangering our copy’s posterity.


  • Intellectual Warehouse
    In a recent article, The Memex Method, Cory Doctorow unpacked the notion of making a public database of your commonplace book. The idea is based on Vannevar Bush’s 1945 ‘As We May Think,’ in which Dr. Bush posited the idea of a memory expander: Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort…
  • Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Political
    Continuing from my recent essay, Bitcoin’s Dirty Little Secrets – Environmental, I thought I should give some space to the political dimenion of Bitcoins dirty little secrets. Since the white paper was first published under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, the central premise (pun intended) of Bitcoin has been that: A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash…

Popular Posts

  • Five Stages of Autonomy
    At this stage, employees, whether remote or in an office, enjoy true autonomy. The Nirvana Mullenweg and Co. are in search of for their businesses.
  • A Change Management Primer
    Kknowing this only shifts the problem from ‘how’ to ‘when’. In other words, at what speed should the change management take place?
  • Confessions of a Platform Junkie
    Having perused and discarded a number of options (Medium, Tumblr, Squarespace and Jekyll), I am now caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
  • The Case of the Dangling Toad
    Combining powdered toad with the excretions and serum made into lozenges and worn about the affected area, drove away the contagion and drew out the poison.
  • Parliamentary Privilege
    Sidestepping Trump’s wounded pose and Twitter’s egregious claim of the moral high ground and an interesting question about politics and speech emerges.
  • Dead Certainties
    The key is to avoid reading events falsely, which inevitably leads to politics shaping what we think is true.
  • Code is Speech?
    A point to remember when next your private moments are leveraged to improve a marketing algorithm. The unintended consequence of code is speech.
  • So this is how privacy dies…
    To be a part of a society which doesn’t take these choices means the most meaningful solution is to look at ambient as well as personal privacy.
  • May the Third be with you
    It is fitting these memorial days are side by side because a central theme in the Star Wars saga was the freedom of peoples to live according to their need.