One more attribute of our flight into the dead end of "us / them". https://jacobinmag.com/2018/01/under-neoliberalism-you-can-be-your-own-tyrannical-boss
I would like to put together a collection of stories consisting of a single sentence, or if possible a single line. But so far I haven't
found any that surpass the one by the Guatemalan writer Augusto Monterroso: "When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there." Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium.
Paul Holdengraber - @holdengraber: “The 19th century invented the locomotive, and Hegel was convinced he had grasped the very spirit of universal history. But Flaubert discovered stupidity. I daresay that is the greatest discovery of a century so proud of its scientific thought.”
~ Milan Kundera
"Remembered"/"forgotten": the terms are so binary! What name shall we give these little elephants of mental life, these traces of perception that are present but not present, noticed but not noticed? ... They are like letters received but not yet opened, their content available to the invisible weaver of dreams because never exposed to the domesticating force of habitual thought. Lewis Hyde, A Primer for Forgetting, p. 307.
Beloved public intellectual William James - @WilliamJamesN2O: Oh you like ontology? Name all the things
It is the human that is the alien,
The human that has no cousin in the moon.
It is the human that demands his speech
From beasts or from the incommunicable mass.
If there must be a god in the house, let him be one
That will not hear us when we speak
- Wallace Stevens
Herbert Pföstl - @herbert_pfostl
This post is worth the reading time. It provides a model for understanding current events and how to respond. https://www.salon.com/2019/09/15/the-trump-depression-and-we-dont-mean-the-economy-key-symptom-of-autocratic-regimes/
"What a Tangled Web We Weave,” funded by the National Science Foundation, to investigate the mathematics and mechanics of “the ancient technology known as knitting.”
A long, worthwhile, thread from Twitter about "why even the good plutocrats, doing genuine good things, cannot be our saviors." /via https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1167876009162461184
I want a physicist to speak at my funeral. https://futurism.com/the-science-of-death-a-eulogy-from-a-physicist
J. W. GOETHE Born on this day, in 1749
"Speaking is a need.
Listening is an art. "
/ht Paul Holdengraber -@holdengraber
Retired data informatician, computer systems engineer, and chemist. Open access advocate and inveterate punster.
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