I was thinking, the other day…

  • Quote of the Day

    “The Great Mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random, between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness.”

    –André Malraux (1933)

  • Quote of the Day

    “You are essentially a different person every day of your life. You know, you’re similar, but you’re more tired, you’re more rested, you’re exhausted, you’re refreshed, you have vitamins and food and nourishment in your system, you just had your heart broken, you haven’t slept in days… You’re a different person all the time, and you go onto that stage–you’re in the neighborhood of who Lex Fridman is–you’re in the Lex Fridman neighborhood. Which Lex Fridman am I going to get?”

    –Joe Rogan, Lex Fridman Podcast #300

  • Quote of the Day

    “In fact, it’s Douggie’s growing conviction that the greatest flaw of the species is its overwhelming tendency to mistake agreement for truth. Single biggest influence on what a body will or won’t believe is what nearby bodies broadcast over the public band. Get three people in the room and they’ll decide that the law of gravity is evil and should be rescinded because one of their uncles got shit-faced and fell off the roof.”

    –Richard Powers, “The Overstory” p.84-85

  • Quote of the Day

    “Maybe it was real, maybe it wasn’t, but it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day… Different things are real in different ways, and what’s more real than having that tangible of an impact on a community?

    And that’s what’s particularly cool about mythology and cryptids and spirituality… (whether that is spirituality as a religious practice or spirituality as…a practice of attenuating the things that you believe and hold true about yourself and draw inspiration from…) A thing is notable for what it represents. In every possible case, there are things that…are fundamentally altered from their original intention or meaning or harmlessness–in ways that are really profound and disturbing–or in ways that are really…excellent and wonderful…

    It may have started out as something innocuous, or it may have started out as something silly or half-hearted or selfish…but what it has become is so fundamentally different from all of those things. It has been…claimed and canonized in this really…interesting and beautiful way.

    What power does a thing have, except for the meaning we give it? Sometimes that’s enough for something to be real.”

    –The Cryptid Keeper Podcast #55 “The Hodag”

  • Quote of the Day

    “Literature gives us a chance to examine what is broken, and to take our suffering and find meaning in it, and to try and bring it to some kind of wholeness. When we read a spooky book, even if it’s a playful spooky book–a story about a haunted street sign or something–kids get to experience fear and anxiety and tension in a safe space (their bedroom or their classroom or the library) and they get to practice these emotions. You read a spooky book, and you feel a little anxiety, you feel a little bit of fear, and your brain starts working on those emotions, trying to figure out: how do I navigate this thing called fear? How do I deal with my anxiety? How do I succeed in a world that can be absolutely terrifying? …what you’re really doing, is: you’re practicing bravery.”

    –Josh Allen, Am I Write Podcast, hosted by Sheridan Sharp

  • Quote of the Day

    “People know many things, and half of them are wrong. If only we knew which half, we’d have reason to be proud of our intelligence.
    What is knowledge? A belief that is shared by all the respectable people in a community, whether there is any evidence for it or not.
    What is faith? A belief we hold so strongly that we act as if it is true, even though we know there are many who do not believe it.
    What is opinion? A belief that we expect other people to argue with.
    What is scientific fact? An oxymoron. Science does not deal in facts. It deals in hypotheses, which are never fully and finally correct.”

    –Orson Scott Card, “Hidden Empire”


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