Joshua Hawcroft

apparition, provocateur, mystic

An Enlightened being.

The peculiar online home of a 37 year-old part-time Software Engineer, mystic and part-time bookshop sales assistant.

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The Friendly Technology Initiative

Joshua is the instigator of the Friendly Technology Initiative — a mission to promote (and develop) friendlier technology — particularly computing technology.

Transcendental Pragmatism

Joshua is also the author of a philosophy known as Transcendental Pragmatism. It is a simple philosophy whose only real merit is found in the degree to which the individual may use it to elucidate the profound nature of the Self:

» A Website at the End of the Worlda Self-realization teaching — answers to the most pertinent questions of human life: Who am I? and What am I to do about it? — do not follow this link if you value your insanity!

Selected Quotes from Joshua

The ideal Self-realization teaching should, upon contact with the anxiety-riddled persona, cause a sudden and mutual annhilation of both — leaving only the Self behind.
The real human predicament is not finding the right answers, but finding the right questions.

Selected Favorite Quotes

Quotations which elucidate some facet of the teaching of a Transcendental Pragmatist.

I have always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.

— Lisa Alther
It has yet to be proved that intelligence has any survival value.

— Authur C. Clarke
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naiveté. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.

— Henri Matisse
If there is such a thing as genius, which is just what - what the fuck is it? - I am one, you know. And if there isn't, I don't care.

— John Lennon
If I had to live my life over again, I would elect to be a trader of goods rather than a student of science. I think barter is a noble thing.

— Albert Einstein
Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more.

— George Bernard Shaw
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

— Oscar Wilde
That men do not learn from history is the most important of all lessons that history has to teach.

— Aldous Huxley
Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.

—Jamie Zawinski

Old Stuff

Older projects most memorable projects can be found here: