Monday, June 30, 2014

Memo: From Nick Hanauer

So forget all that rhetoric about how America is great because of people like you and me and Steve Jobs. You know the truth even if you won’t admit it: If any of us had been born in Somalia or the Congo, all we’d be is some guy standing barefoot next to a dirt road selling fruit. It’s not that Somalia and Congo don’t have good entrepreneurs. It’s just that the best ones are selling their wares off crates by the side of the road because that’s all their customers can afford.
Nick Hanauer

This universe without a master

"This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world."
Albert Camus

Quotes Archive

"Often Ideas are much more attractive than those who hold them."
"If you are not killed by forces outside your body you can be sure you will be killed by forces inside your body."
-Zachary Long
If the force from a car or a bullet does not end your consciousness the cells within or the complex web that holds you together will fall apart eventually.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Humans are Animals too

Yes, Humans Are Animals -- So Just Get Over Yourselves, Homo sapiens
The famous anthropologist Clifford Geertz once said that he believed "man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun." Ultimately, the only animals who buy the idea that humans aren't animals are humans themselves.
Annalee Newitz

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Quotes Archive

"The critics watch history, the realists rent history, and the radicals and idealists own history. For good or for ill."
"Cosmopolitanism and Pluralism need to be nurtured and nourished. Tribalism and solipsism can grow in famine and neglect."
-Zachary Long

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Human hubris, limits, and partialization

The individual human beings confidence and equilibrium depends on abiding in a very narrow slice of existence and blocking out for the most part the billions of other human beings and animals that operate with varied actual and virtual realities.(The Empiricists and Rationalists both have good points) The noise and experiences are deafening. For any human to claim absolute knowledge and understanding of existence with smug certainty reminds me of what Pliny stated that when it comes to mankind nothing is so frail and nothing is more arrogant. Pliny on Art and Society:
Pliny the Elder died studying Mt. Vesuvius in 70 AD.