20 May 2007
We are drawn into destiny by compelling intuitions; we are tempted into tragedy by compulsive apparitions. As we approach the fork in the road, the two experiences can be maddeningly difficult to distinguish. Learn to recognize which inner motives are worthy of our trust and faith, which are symptoms of distress or addiction – this is the highest form of the Oracle’s imperative: ‘Know thyself.’
~ Josh Mitteldorf
19 May 2007
If I could only live at the pitch that is near madness
Then I cast time out of the trees and fields,
And time has big handles on the hands,
– Richard Eberhart, 1904-2005
note: I remembered the first line of this poem from a high school project
years ago, but was unable to find the poem online. Copyright zealotry
has purged the Net of most modern poetry. But Google
Print gave me the second line when I input the first line. A crazy
thing about the current system is that it permitted me to reconstruct the
poem line-by-line, because searching on each line of the poem would bring up
a snippet including the following line.)
18 May 2007
“Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.”
Russell, philosopher, humanist, war protestor, born this day in 1872.
17 May 2007
“My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”
~ J.B.S. Haldane, studying evolution in the 1950’s, was the first to make quantitative estimates of the speed at which evolution might be expected to progress. This is still a great unsolved problem of evolutionary biology. For example, the historic fact that natural selection required a few billion years to lay the biochemical foundation for complex multicellular life is something that we are very far from being able to calculate from first principles. This embarrassment is commonly buried for fear of encouraging creationists.
Dilemma is the name applied to a computation he did in 1957, suggesting
the inadequacy of standard accounts of selection on one gene at a time.
16 May 2007
“Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirits.”
and utterly unpretentious, he gives us America through compassionate eyes,
without the air brush. Studs
Terkel is 95 years old today.
15 May 2007
My thought has learned the lucid art
– Roy Campbell
14 May 2007
“The more one sees of human fate and the more one examines its secret springs of action, the more one is impressed by the strength of unconscious motives and by the limitations of free choice”