from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A helicopter whose fuselage is configured so as to be mounted with a steel line and hook used to lift and transport heavy objects.
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- n. An imaginary hook suspended in the air.
- n. A helicopter that lifts and transports heavy objects suspended by a heavy cable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hook that is imagined to be suspended from the sky
- n. helicopter carrying a reel of steel cable that can be used to lift and transport heavy objects
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The meaning of the term skyhook definitely evolved in its new context, as in the frog example that Dennett gave.
We debated this point in the discussions on Thursday, and doubtless will continue to do so, but even addressing this argument shows that the term skyhook has moved far past its original meaning in.
When Dennett first introduces the term skyhook in this analogy he gives us the dictionary definition
Its just about eaten through the base of the tether, so luna this skyhook is about to become a spaceship until it eats that too …
Also, it uses skyhook, which is fairly accurate as far as finding your location
On the following page he instructs his readers "Let us understand that a skyhook is a" mind-first "force or power or process, an exception to the principle that all design, and apparent design, is ultimately the result of mindless, motiveless mechanicity," (Dennett 76).
A crane represents a theory built of our own world's rules and set in a foundation of the real while a skyhook is a by-definition impossible floating hook.
By placing an intangible roadmap upon our perceivable world the skyhook is the very definition of foundationalism.
SeeClickFix is a great site, but I worry that it suffers from two problems: first, the "skyhook" issue: if it's not hooked into real government authorities with the responsibility and ability to fix problems, why should people participate?
Dennett used the term "skyhook" to describe a source of design complexity that did not build on lower, simpler layers - in simple terms, a miracle.