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Post #1555 • May 31, 2012, 7:25 AM • 1 Comment

The presentation of the following quotes implies no endorsement from me. I may or may not support them, or aspects thereof. Rather, they're presented here in the spirit of the first quote. (I hope that ESR would appreciate the recursion.)

"The single most important kind of intelligence is the ability to see past your own strongly-held preconceptions and your tribe's conventional wisdom and engage reality as it actually is and facts as they actually are."—Eric S. Raymond

"Island life in the Mediterranean is relaxed. Clear blue seas lap the harbour walls and the sun blazes down as you partake in fresh-caught fish and cold beer. The Greeks know how to pass time. But these very same laissez-faire attitudes to life are the reason their nation's only accomplishment since Aristotle has been a single-headed goal against Portugal in the Euro 2000 finals."—Nick Krauser

"'How can you be such a jerk and so lovable at the same time?' Gentlemen, if you hear that from a woman, particularly a girlfriend or wife, you will know you have penetrated her heart and mind to the soft, chewy center of her hamster's id, which is one id level deeper than her own human id."—Heartiste

"Yes, there is a real chance that the coming Bernanke bust could pack an even bigger punch than the housing boom-bust. One simple reason: a lot more monetary largesse could be in the offing."—Michael Pollaro

"If we don't have a citizenry that makes up its own mind, we're gone."—David Horowitz

"Although it is not Susan Pinker's intention in writing it, reading her excellent book The Sexual Paradox: Troubled Boys, Gifted Girls and the Real Difference Between the Sexes cannot help but further reinforce my view that modern feminism in the 21st century is simultaneously illogical, unnecessary, and evil."—Satoshi Kanazawa

"[Munira] Mirza quotes Karl Marx's musings on the strange fact that we can still derive pleasure from ancient Greek epics, despite recognising that they are the product of an historic moment that has passed. She notes the irony that contemporary Marxist critics are typically more interested in decoding the social meanings of texts than in understanding what makes them universal."—Dolan Cummings

"We apologize and show gratitude much too often in our society."—The Rawness

"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Board of Advisors - Lawrence H. Summers. ... FIRE's staff and its Board of Directors will benefit greatly from Professor Summers' advice and his perspective on the issues of individual rights and academic freedom on our nation's college campuses. "—FIRE



Walter Darby Bannard

May 31, 2012, 11:42 PM

Apologies and gratitude should be expressed; it is part of the social contract. Showing gratitude, and meaning it, says that you step outside your ego. One way or another it has a kinship to the Raymond quote above, to which I certainly subscribe.

As for Marx, his inability to understand that human nature persists even as we preserve the best of ourselves for future use is quite in keeping with his pig-headed misunderstanding of history.



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