Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:10 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft "From its inception in 1991, Microsoft Research has hewed to a remarkably unwavering mission. Its tenets are threefold: to invest in basic research to advance the state of the art in computer science, to transfer technologies into Microsoft products when appropriate, and to collaborate openly with the scientific community. The year 2010 has not varied from this established, successful tradition. But unlike 1991, when Microsoft Research was in its nascent stage, the organization is now fully mature, has grown into a worldwide presence, and has gained eminence as that modern-day rarity: an industrial research unit dedicated to pursuing pure research, in dozens of areas, that is helping to transform the future. Such a track record, naturally, has its own rewards. It's little surprise, then, that a review of Microsoft Research's 2010 highlights are bookended by a pair of illustrious awards, with others - including the biggest - sprinkled throughout the year."
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Select René Guénon commentary on the modern West, materialism vs. intellectual endeavours:

"Intelligence [becomes] nothing but a means of acting on matter and turning it to a practical ends, and for whom science, in their limited understanding of it, is above all important in so far as it may be applied to industrial purposes.."

"Extraordinary too, and also complementary to this illusion, is the belief in 'progress,' considered no less absolutely, and naturally identified, at heart, with this material development which absorbs the entire activity of the modern West."

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