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  • "If you store it on your device, you donít 'know' it" (May 2024)
  • "We don't build buildings, we build ruins" (Mar 2024)
  • "Life is a catalog of monsters, inner monsters" (Feb 2023)
  • "To say that something is new, you first have to learn all the things that are old". Jan 2023
  • "We are too busy dying to understand what living means." Jan 2023
  • "It is important to learn from our mistakes but also from our successes." Sep 28, 2022
  • "Life is a stories-generating machine". Nov 18, 2021
  • "The ones who do not wander are the ones who are truly lost". Nov 2, 2021
  • "The role of a great artist is not to depict beauty but to invent a whole new concept of beauty". Sep 15, 2021
    "If it can be done, why do it?" (Gertrude Stein) Jan 2021
  • "The only immortal things are the things that don't exist". Apr 22, 2021
  • "We are in this world for only a brief moment and we take ourselves way too seriously". Mar 28, 2021
  • "The past is not any more certain than the future". Mar 12, 2021
  • "Life is an eclipse that briefly obscures eternity." Feb 19, 2021
  • "Are we becoming post-human, or pre-human?" Sep 10, 2020
  • "We frequently think of technology as dehumanizing us. Does technology instead humanizes us?" Sep 10, 2020
  • "We have never been modern: we are still stuck in the medieval world of plagues, wars, famine and riots". Jun 2, 2020
  • "No matter how long you walk, you are always in the same place, but you are never the one who started walking." Feb 14, 2020
  • "A very clear question is an answer" Jan 6, 2020
  • "The greatest invention of all time: the question mark" Nov 2, 2019
  • "Innovation is an art, not a science" Sep 29, 2019
  • "Some problems have no solution, should have no solution, and are not problems" Apr 20, 2019
  • "The purpose of sleeping is to wake up. (The purpose of waking up is unknown)" Mar 15, 2019
  • "God speaks clearly only when he (she?) shuts up." Mar 2, 2019
  • "Common sense is increasingly uncommon". Feb 14, 2019
  • "In the middle of writing a sentence that I thought was important, a sentence that begins with the words "In the middle of writing a sentence that I thought was important.", I started wondering whether it's worth writing it, and I didn't finish it. " Jan 27, 2019
  • "All my life i've been conducting an autopsy on the corpse of humankind and i still have to find out where the heart is". Jan 11, 2019
  • "We understand what we don't know. We don't even know what we understand." December 11, 2018
  • "Is" is. September 8, 2017
  • "Nothing causes anything, but everything causes nothing." July 30, 2017
  • "We are secretely spying while being secretely spied on". June 4, 2017
  • "A good book is a book that tells me something about myself that i didn't know, and there are an infinite number of such books" May 11,2017
  • "Our lives are parables of parables of parables of parables of..." February 5, 2017
  • "Are we the toilet or the plunger?". February 2, 2017
    "The cure to eliminate fake news is that people stop reading 140-character tweets and start reading 600-page books". January 20, 2017
    "The tragedy is not that we are laughing instead of thinking but that we don't see what we are laughing about and what we stopped thinking of" (paraphrasing Neil Postman)
    "Hunters should only be allowed to hunt hunters". September 16, 2016
    "Asking the wrong questions is more important than providing the right answers". August 24, 2016
    "We are fragile opinions surrounded by hostile facts." June 6, 2016
    "The problem is always to understand what the problem is". may 28, 2016
    The history of human civilization can be rewritten as the history of making humans dumber and then inventing smarter tools tor dumber humans. May 18, 2016
    The history of science is, by definition, a chronological record of past mistakes. May 11, 2016
    "To be or not to be"? should be rephrased as two complementary questions: "Is it possible to be?" and "Is it possible not to be?". May 9, 2016
    Question answers instead of answering questions. Apr 10, 2016
    We mostly hide in places where everybody can see us. Mar 8, 2016.
    You are located not where you are but what you are. Jan 12, 2016
    If an animal spread plastic garbage all over the planet, we would certainly exterminate it. Nov 30, 2015
    Luckily, Nature is much more exciting than Science makes it look like; and luckily Science is much more exciting than Nature makes it look like. November 3, 2015
    You are not what you do but what you allow others to do to you. October 20, 2015
    Dumb boring people use Facebook to post comments that show how smart and funny they are. July 15, 2015
    The best memory is the one that forgets everything. May 12, 2015.
    We never fully wake up. Mar 20, 2015
    Things that Satan praises in the Jewish/Christian/Muslim books: democracy, gender equality, capitalism, science, sex, education, science,fun Mar 19, 2015
    Poetry is the art of turning the obvious into the mysterious. Feb 3, 2015
    What a viewer views in a painting is actually not the light that the painting absorbs/likes but the light that the painting reflects/dislikes. Jan 26,2015
    Gods are software, and, like all software, they have bugs. Jan 17, 2015.
    You are a grammatical construct: do not misspell yourself. Jan 7, 2015
    You can be a verb, a noun, an adjective, an article etc or a punctuation mark. The company you keep determines what you are. Jan 7, 2015
    When people talk about "survival of the fittest", what exactly do they mean by "survival"? Jan 5, 2015
    The irony of the human condition is that there are no answers: each answer is, in reality, a new question. December 6, 2014
    Only those trained to see the invisible can comprehend the visible. November 6, 2014
    People's attention span is becoming so short that it will soon be impossible to explain the consequences of a short attention span. November 4, 2014
    Science is often an excuse for not thinking, and a scientist is often not a thinker. Worse of all is the science of thought, neuroscience.
    It is rational not to be rational. It would be irrational to be rational. Only very irrational people are rational. October 26, 2014
    The way we teach morality to children, by reward and punishment, doesn't seem very moral to me. September 18, 2014
    Each of us is the product of all the mistakes made by previous generations. September 4, 2014.
    We say hello more often than we say goodbye, but we say goodbye much better than we say hello. September 1, 2014
    People who live ordinary lives crave for extraordinary ones, and people who live extraordinary lives crave for ordinary ones. August 2, 2014
    Public opinion is public ignorance, July 11, 2014
    Complexity is a simple concept to understand, and simplicity is a very complex concept. June 26, 2014
    I wish i could tell you what to do but what to do is not to let people tell you what to do. June 24, 2014
    Becoming mature adults is about practicing deceit to the point that we don't remember what we are deceiving ourselves about. Apr 26, 2014
    God to moses in the "Bible": "I am who i am". Iago in Shakespeare's "Othello": "I am not what i am". Iago is way more interesting than God. Apr 13, 2014
    The universe is a pointless distraction. Apr 12, 2014
    Life is a transition from the "I" to the "me" and back to the "I", who watches the "me" live, and back to the "me", who watches the "I" die. Apr 1, 2014
    Your identity, dignity and privacy are the collateral damage of any business plan based on advertising revenues
    Nothing has killed more people than religion, and, still, all religious people claim that their religion is about peace. Mar 10, 2014
    The landscape provides us with the tools that we use to shape the landscape Feb 25, 2014
    Between here and now is me. February 14, 2014.
    Death is a mystery only for those who are alive. January 29, 2014
    The law of entropy leads us to fight against our fate instead of accepting it, and that's the history of humankind. January 28, 2014
    Anybody who claims to understand science does not understand science. January 23, 2014
    Are we mapping the territory or is the territory mapping us? January 19, 2014
    Humans want to build machines that think like humans while machines are already building humans who think like machines. January 16, 2014
    The less you know about the past the more likely you are to be amazed by the present. January 14, 2014
    I do not exist but my existence is. January 11, 2013
    The fact that you exist is proof that you are an incredibly lucky person: the chances of you being born were almost zero.
    "I think people who write programs do have at least a glimmer of extra insight into the nature of God... because creating a program often means that you have to create a small universe" (Don Knuth)
    Computing creates new sacred spaces, rituals, myths. October 25, 2013
    We are a species obsessed with the future. We are also the species that is fully aware of death, i.e. that there is no future. September 28, 2013
    Memories of the future are sometimes more accurate than memories of the past,because we have a vested motivation to keep changing the past. August 9, 2013
    The meaning of life is addiction. If you are not addicted to something, you probably already committed suicide. July 15, 2013
    They waited for millions of years for us to arrive. Now they are just waiting for us to go away. June 20, 2013
    As we live, we talk less and less about the things we really care about because we learn that that is not what life is about. June 14, 2013
    Life is a Post Scriptum and it's a very short one. June 13, 2013
    An individual is more likely to behave irrationally when in a group than when he's alone, and there must be an evolutionary reason for it. June 1, 2013
    Starting with conception, the truly important events of our life are decided by others: why is it called "my life"? May 28, 2013
    The answer is always "yes and no". May 16, 2013
    Loneliness is the inability to find company in knowledge. Loneliness is not about people, it's about meaning. May 16, 2013
    Words use us to be spoken otherwise they would not exist. May 16, 2013
    The world divides into poets and poems. When you are a poet, what poem are you writing? And when you are a poem, who's writing you? May 15, 2013
    Children raise parents. May 3, 2013
    Life is plural. May 2, 2013
    There is a cosmic battle going on between time and space, and we are caught in the middle. When one wins, the world will end. Apr 17, 2013
    It is easy to confuse when and where. Apr 16, 2013
    We are almost certainly the leftovers. Apr 5, 2013
    Ideology is a study of causes, not of effects. Apr 2, 2013
    We can only fail. Just try to fail better. Apr 1, 2013
    Good can only triumph over Evil by employing extreme evil, thereby fulfilling the mission of Evil. Mar 31, 2013
    Life was obviously invented by a dead person. Mar 28, 2013
    It's not about where you are but about who's around you. Mar 26, 2013
    The present always feels premature even though the future is often overdue. Mar 25, 2013
    The only thing that is worse than not finding the solution to a problem is to find the right solution to the wrong problem. Mar 10, 2013
    Freedom fighters don't exist anymore: the only people willing to give their life for a cause are terrorists and soldiers. Mar 7, 2013
    The history of the world in a nutshell: the luxuries of the previous generation become the necessities of the new generation. Mar 7, 2013
    Science is not a catalog of certainties but an endless exploration of uncertainties. Mar 6, 2013
    How do imaginary objects travel through time and culture? Mar 5, 2013
    Do we live in the age of local globality or global locality? Jan 24, 2013
    I will not know who you are until you tell me who i am Jan 23, 2013
    Only by mourning our impotence can we assert our power. Jan 17, 2013
    Beauty is everywhere. Unfortunately, we are nowhere. Dec 30, 2012
    We think we are the protagonist of our life's story, but, by the end, we realize that we have merely been a supporting character in the biographies of everybody else. Dec 26, 2012
    Loneliness is a cancer only if you let it grow. Taken in small doses, it is the most powerful medicine, the only one capable of resurrecting a person. Dec 5, 2012
    The choice is not between being philosopher or not being philosophers, it's about being good or bad philosophers. Dec 5, 2012
    Let us not pretend otherwise: we are surrounded. Dec 3, 2012
    There is no apocalypse coming. We have been living inside the apocalypse ever since. We will disappear when it's over. Nov 19, 2012
    Nothing is trivial in history. Nov 13, 2012
    Life might not be worth living but neither is death worth dying. Nov 13, 2012
    No matter how fast you run, the distance remains the same. Nov 8, 2012
    Every minute makes sense to the minute after it but not to the minute before it, Nov 3, 2012
    History has been shaped by people who knew what Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, etc really meant regardless of what they actually said
    My guess is that the greatest unhappiness would be a utopian world in which everybody is equally happy. Oct 15, 2012
    Sadly, psychologists (and society at large) think of solitude as a disease instead of a magical experience that helps you become you Oct 12, 2012
    It is becoming increasingly difficult to disappear Oct 12, 2012
    I don't want technology to keep me alive forever, i want technology to multiply me so that many copies of me can multitask on many projects at the same time Oct 7, 2012
    Philosophy is the discipline of turning solutions into problems, science is the discipline of turning problems into other problems, and art is the discipline of turning anything into a problem Sep 14, 2012
    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a marketing commercial to sell ducks Sep 3, 2012
    You are a question that is never asked Aug 27, 2012
    One of the most difficult (and consequential) things in life is figuring out whether a question is stupid or not. Aug 11, 2012
    You are what you read. Make sure you want to be what you read.
    You should contradict yourself at least once a day. Jul 31, 2012
    We often forget that there are two alternatives to "bad": "good" and "worse". Jul 26, 2012
    Send me a copy of your past Jul 25, 2012
    Human civilization, from the Pyramids to the iPhone, is the story of turning the impossible into the inevitable (and a lot of it is not about genius but simply about education) Jul 24, 2012
    If i am the question, you are the answer (Remix: if the question is me, the answer is you). Jul 16, 2012
    Most people you meet have jobs that you are happy you don't have. Most people think the same of you. Jun 14, 2012
    Machines don't think, they do something else. Machine intelligence is as much an oxymoron as human furniture. Jun 7, 2012
    Machines must be understood not programmed. Jun 7, 2012
    We are not what we are. Now the question is: are we what we are not? Jun 6, 2012
    Silence is our shared vocabulary; not the silence of our voices, but the silence of their answers. Apr 10, 2012
    If i am stupid, i am not intelligent enough to realize it. Apr 9, 2012
    Most of the interesting thoughts of the world will never be tweeted. Apr 8, 2012
    The human race is a basement full of old scratched warped records: whenever you play one, you end up listening more carefully to the noise than to the music. Mar 12, 2012
    We are meaningful contradictions that give meaning to the meaningless contradictions of the universe (including ourselves) Feb 3, 2012
    Longevity made a huge difference for civilization: it takes about 20 years for the human brain to fully develop and become "creative" and the life expectancy of early humans was about 20. Jan 27,2012
    We should always remember that whatever we think about the brain is coming from our brain. Jan 23, 2012
    I observe the universe aware that it knows me a lot better than i know it, but nonetheless certain that what we are prevails over what it is. Jan 23, 2012
    Predictions about the future are always about what will happen (eventually). It would be much harder to predict what will never happen. Jan 2012
    Thinking about nothing makes it something. Thinking about something makes it nothing. Jan 2012
    There is an infinite number of possible DNA combinations that yield conscious beings. Will they all exist? More than once? Some never will? Dec 2011
    The sexual behavior of plants displays a mindblogging variety, from hermaphrodite flowers to subterranean sex of aspen. Even ordinary grasses, of which there are dozens, employ the most bizarre strategies to mate. Dec 2011
    Art has to be misunderstood by society in order to be great art. Nov 2011
    The metabolism of the vegetable world yields beautiful flowers, delicious fruits and nutritious nuts, and, at worst, dead leaves. The metabolism of the animal world yields disgusting stinking excrements.
    Evolution did not design us to believe only true facts, nor to buy only useful products, nor to say only meaningful sentences. Oct 18, 2011
    High-tech has become the discipline of complicating simple things. Oct 4, 2011
    Maps and clocks are the human equivalent of spiderwebs. Sep 13, 2011
    The most amazing thing about the laws of nature is that you don't need to know them in order to survive. In fact, nobody knows them - science is just an endless approximation. Sep 12, 2011
    "Only when the tide recedes do you find out who's been swimming naked" (Warren Buffet). "We're all naked" (piero) July 21, 2011
    Physics is an illusion. What it reveals is the structure of our brain, not the structure of the universe. July 12, 2011
    The world is divided into the ordinary and the extraordinary. The problem is deciding which is which. July 7, 2011
    What we understand is not enough to understand why we understand it. July 7, 2011
    Since we came to this world we only heard lies. But it's the lies that make it interesting. The truth would devastate us. June 27, 2011
    The most powerful knowledge is the knowledge that induces people to radically change their concept of what knowledge is. June 22, 2011
    "A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts" (Paul Valery) "A man is infinitely more complicated than his actions" (piero) June 12, 2011
    We always forget that the longest living beings on this planet have no brain: trees and bacteria. June 2, 2011
    Opiate use increased 35%, cocaine 27%, cannabis 8.5%. Why do more and more people need to get high more and more often? June 2, 2011
    Why do we try to explain mysteries instead of cherishing them? May 2, 2011
    Principles of Covariant Wisdom Apr 20, 2011
    Success in solving a set of problems inevitably creates a new set of problems, and a system that is incapable of solving the new set of problems. Apr 7, 2011
    Is there an end to science? Science is not a catalog of certainties but an endless exploration of uncertainties. Feb 21, 2011
    It has become cheaper to produce/accumulate information than to understand it. Feb 21, 2011
    Time is the thing that acts on all the things that do not act on themselves. 7:36 PM Feb 17, 2011
    The severity of a problem increases exponentially with the time it takes to realize that the severity of a problem increases exponentially with the time it takes to realize that the severity of a problem increases exponentially with the time it takes... . February 16, 2011
    Einstein was wrong: God did play dice with the Universe. The question is: who won?. February 13, 2011
    Would the world be a better place if everybody shared the same opinion, e.g. if everybody agreed with you on everything? December 27, 2010
    We keep changing the question but the answer remains the same. December 26, 2010
    We change so much that we become the change to which we have to adapt. December 21, 2010
    In 1894 Ubu, an imaginary character, invented Pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions. Someone should invent a new science to study imaginary problems. And the real problems caused by their solutions. December 15, 2010
    The world may be simpler than the brain that conceives it. December 9, 2010
    The scientific paper with the best title ever probably was "Does The Flap Of A Butterfly's Wings In Brazil Set Off A Tornado In Texas?" (Ed Lorenz, 1972) but few people noticed the effect that the paper itself had: thousands of papers and books and tv shows have been made that mimic that title. Just like the butterfly that set off the tornado. So the paper can actually be read as a prophecy about itself. November 12, 2010
    Real beings dream unreal worlds. Do unreal beings dream the real world? November 10, 2010
    A comedian is someone who tells the truth. Truth is the set of all jokes told by all comedians in the world.September 21, 2010
    Consciousness's drive to total knowledge will eventually create a universe in which everything is alive and conscious and in which every conscious being is eating other conscious beings in order to survive; a world of pure cannibals.11:22 AM Aug 12th
    The difference between forever and never is both forever and never. 10:17 PM Aug 3rd , 2010
    The next time you say forever think of never.July 21, 2010, 2010
    We are overrated.7:00 PM Jul 7th , 2010
    Nature is a vast cemetery. Jun 13, 2010
    Civilization is self-organizing creativity that eventually transforms itself into organized mediocrity.May 26th, 2010
    Thankfully we cannot understand the universe. Can the universe understand us? 7:23 PM May 3rd , 2010
    It is difficult to make sense of other people because they are trying to make sense of me, so the sense changes all the time. 8:48 AM Apr 27th , 2010
    We speak as if we were one soul in one universe instead of multitudes of yesterdays in waterfalls of emptiness 8:12 PM Apr 2nd , 2010
    We are swimming in the lake in which future generations will drown. 1:33 AM Mar 10th , 2010
    Biologists realized the living organisms are feedback systems only after engineers realized that machines are feedback systems (1949) 8:22 PM Mar 1st , 2010
    History is the impossible becoming inevitable. 4:13 PM Feb 19th , 2010
    The meaning of life is the loss of meaning. We are programmed to find meaning in the loss of meaning. 5:20 PM Feb 17th , 2010
    Our brain tries to make sense of decay/erosion in terms of rebirth, metamorphosis, cycles, but decay is actually irreversible. 5:19 PM Feb 17th , 2010
    Processes of decay and erosion rule the universe. 5:19 PM Feb 17th , 2010
    11:05 PM Jan 24th 2010 Does an easier method to find information increase or decrease the motivation to discover new information?
    11:00 PM Jan 24th 2010 Globalization means the extinction of the "other".
    10:59 PM Jan 24th 2010 Art was function in ancient times, representation in Greece, exploration in the renaissance, creation for the romantics, and now discovery
    11:37 PM Jan 21st 2010 The part is the sum of its wholes.
    11:19 PM Jan 21st 2010 If we could get rid of the customers, there would be a lot more successful startups with a lot more creative products.
    3:29 PM Jan 20th 2010 Knowledge is overrated, truth is underrated.
    11:35 AM Jan 20th 2010 Knowledge is depreciating at an accelerating pace
    10:11 PM Jan 18th 2010 If we assume that what we cannot explain does not exist, then we have understood everything - philosophy becomes the science of inexistence
    10:10 PM Jan 18th 2010 Answers to most questions are trivial. A civilization may never find the answer to a question because it does not look in the right place.
    10:10 PM Jan 18th 2010 Intelligence is measured by the questions you ask not by the answers you find.
    10:09 PM Jan 18th 2010 There is also a cognitive closure for civilizations: there is a limit to what a civilization can know.
    10:09 PM Jan 18th 2010 The cognitive closure: there is a limit to what a mind can understand (to the questions it can answer).
    10:09 PM Jan 18th 2010 Is an era defined by the questions it asks or by the answers it provides?
    Jan 25, 2010 Certainty is a by-product of confusion
    Jan 17, 2010 The boundaries of my language are the boundaries of your world (paraphrasing Wittgenstein)
    8:34 PM Jan 16th , 2010 Philosophy is the art of turning solutions into problems
    12:27 AM Jan 13th 2010: Poetry is the art of listening to silence. Poetry then turns it into signs that other minds turn into voices.
    10:59 PM Jan 12th 2010: Silence is the sound of wisdom. Nothing speaks louder than silence. Nature is always silent.
    10:58 PM Jan 12th 2010: Marie Curie said that the more we understand the less we fear. I think she got it all wrong: the more we know, the more we fear.
    11:51 AM Jan 12th 2010: Einstein said that humankind cannot solve its problems at the same level of consciousness from which we created them
    11:27 AM Jan 12th 2010: Adolf Wolfli,a patient in a madhouse, compiled an imaginary autobiography of 25000 pages, 1600 drawings, 1500 collages and 100s of songs.
    12:52 AM Jan 8th 2010: Doctor Faustroll was born in 1898 in Circassia at the age of 63 and died the same year at the same age
    8:00 PM Dec 25th, 2009 In a dictatorship the people are forced to consent. In a democracy the people are free to dissent. The media play opposite roles.
    8:00 PM Dec 25th, 2009 I am thinking of a whole number between 1 and 2.
    3:15 PM Dec 25th, 2009 The devil is in the details. Probably god too.
    4:22 PM Dec 18th, 2009 My existence is a message in itself. I am the reader, not the writer.
    8:32 PM Dec 16th, 2009 I swim into myself: i am the sea, not the swimmer. Or maybe both.
    8:27 PM Dec 16th, 2009 Or maybe i am both the hiker and the trail.
    8:27 PM Dec 16th, 2009 I crawl on myself: i am the trail, not the hiker.
    5:04 PM Dec 4th, 2009 For thousands of years in all civilizations of the Earth the dominant art was Poetry.
    9:17 AM Nov 20th, 2009 More sophisticated laws simply create more sophisticated criminals.
    6:19 PM Nov 1st, 2009 Death is the simplest of all mysteries: to die is to have been.
    Humans argue about what is true and what is not true. Other animals don't have this problem. They fight over resources (food, land, sex), but not over truth. Oct 21st, 2009
    If life is a fight, the question is simple: how can we fight back when w don't know who it is that we are fighting?2:27 PM Oct 11th
    When they are not thirsty, they keep riding their horses through the desert, happy to be alone, counting their pathetic treasure of sand.9:45 PM Oct 10th
    Orphans of history, we test blindfolded the invisible foundations with our cane.5:47 PM Oct 3rd
    A comedy of clowns rehearsing each other's part and never performing the comedy in front of a real audience. We die before we can learn it.7:57 PM Sep 22nd
    We may have forgotten how to listen. 7:03 PM Sep 18th
    When we become adults, our minds have died but are still unburied. The purpose of adult life is to give them a proper burial.9:19 PM Aug 22nd
    We build smarter and smarter machines, and dumber and dumber minds. It is inevitable that machines will become more intelligent than minds. Aug 21
    We have invested less and less in minds, because we don't need them as much as we used to.
    Will the post-computer age be about minds simulating computers? Aug 21
    The fact that each of us is a different universe sounds wonderful but could be the reason why it is so difficult to coexist.5:59 PM Aug 7th
    We think we know where we live, but we only live where we know.3:08 PM Aug 4th
    We are literally out of touch with our planet, not to mention with the rest of the universe (that we will never experience).3:07 PM Aug 4th
    It is the pursuit of happiness that makes people unhappy.10:29 PM Jul 28th
    To become moral animals, Robert Wright wrote, humans must first realize how thoroughly amoral they are.10:24 AM Jul 28th
    Academia bureaucratizes creativity.9:40 AM Jul 23rd
    Are there unnatural things? If yes, are they good or bad? Are civilizations unnatural?Are laws unnatural?9:28 AM Jul 23rd
    Does life always self-destroy, everywhere in the universe?4:06 PM Jul 22nd
    It is getting easier and easier for human society to destroy the planet. The odds that we will succeed increase with technological progress.10:53 AM Jul 21st
    Whatever we end up doing, even if we destroy the whole planet, it's in our genes, and therefore it's "natural".10:46 AM Jul 21st
    Most animals protect themselves from change; they fear change. Humans instead cause it. We value originality, exploration, innovation.8 minutes ago
    We value exploration and innovation, i.e. new things. What is the survival advantage of new things?Wouldn't it be safer to stick to the old? Jul 20
    Is it genetic that we tend to think of original thinkers as superior people? What is the biological value of originality?4:16 PM Jul 13
    As a race, what makes us the same is what sets us apart: evil.3:44 PM Jul 8
    The closer one looks at the context the more diluted evil becomes. Evil acts are not the deed of one man but the product of a civilization.12:50 PM Jul 8
    If it's the intention that defines "evil", then the more rational a decision is the more evil it can be; the more irrational the less evil.12:36 PM Jul 8
    We could not agree whether evil is extreme madness or extreme rationality. Western law considers madness an extenuating circumstance.12:35 PM Jul 8
    Maybe the ultimate evil is to deny that evil exists and pretend that there are always justifications for what happen, as historians do.9:50 AM Jul 8
    "What makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?" (Robert McNamara, about exterminating civilians in wars)4:15 PM Jul 7
    I "discovered" a new route to reach the top of the second highest mountain in California. Why are we proud of exploring and discovering?10:28 AM Jul 7
    We are a noise surrounded by silence; and it's the silence that truly defines what we are.10:06 AM Jul 2nd
    The production of souls is more important than the production of tanks (Stalin, 1932). 9:36 AM Jun 29
    The fiction of our science is the psychology of our religion.2:58 PM Jun 27
    No matter how far we look, we only see finite things existing for finite eras; and still we believe that the infinite exists. 2:43 PM Jun 26
    What is a telescope to blind people? That's what technology is to people with no imagination. 2:42 PM Jun 26
    If we thought more highly of ourselves we would not watch bad films, read bad books and listen to bad music just because they are publicized 2:37 PM Jun 26
    Life is a question in the form of an answer.10:23 AM Jun 26
    Fear of the world created the gods that created the world that we fear.4:04 PM Jun 25
    Loneliness truly defines our age. 10:45 AM Jun 24
    Were we immortal, we would all commit suicide. Jun 23
    Modern western life has turned family into an option and friendship into a transient quality. Therefore the culture of loneliness, the need to organize spare time. June 23
    Removing the unpredictable from life means removing the very essence of the human experience. June 22
    Organized activities for singles have two drawbacks: they inevitably lead to loneliness later in life, and don't prepare people for it. June 22
    The list of "happiest" countries in the world consistently includes countries such as Finland that have a very high rate of suicides. June 22
    People need to organize their spare time when they live unhappy lives. The more unhappy the more desperate to find things to do.
    Humans argue about what is true and what is not true. I think other animals don't have this problem. June 22
    Life is not a journey, it is a destination. Maybe an infinitely distant point.
    The essence is absence.4:16 PM Jun 19
    Yesterday i wrote a note to myself that i should never write notes to myself. Jun 17th
    Eternity is the poetry of amnesia. Jun 17th
    Only silence truly exists. Jun 17th
    We are doomed not only to repeat history but to never understand our role in it. Jun 17th
    We can control space but not time. In order to control time, we have to die. Jun 17th
    When we go back to a place in space, it looks different. If i could go back to a moment in time, would it feel different? Would it still be me ? Jun 17th
    Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder but in the mind of the thinker Jun 12th
    The gap between reality and meaning in the digital age has increased. Jun 12th
    I hate what i love. I love what i hate. Jun 11th
    "All knowledge is conditioned by the structure of the knower" (Varela) Jun 11th
    For most people the most difficult thing is to be comfortable with themselves. Loneliness and silence are poetry to some, but hell to most. Jun 9th
    Ideologies are sets of beliefs that help us believe life is worth living. Jun 2nd
    Each of us is a lifelong project to build a coherent theory on top of a blatant contradiction May 30th
    We are, first and foremost, vast contradictions. May 30th
    We are what we find, not what we search. May 28th
    "We come spinning out of nothingness scattering stars like dust" (Iranian poet Rumi) May 27th
    "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do" (Jalal ad-Din Rumi) May 27th
    In the age of search engines, we are what we search. Or are we what we find? May 26th
    Mecca before Mohammed, where all religions were worshiped, was the ideal city.
    Creativity requires discontinuity.
    The society of gyms, movie theaters, salsa classes, is the opposite of a creative society. It's just killing time while waiting for death.about 1 hour ago
    Peace and wealth yield structured lives; ultimately, monotonous predictable lives.
    1% of the world owns 40% of the world's wealth. Who owns 40% of happiness? 40% of creativity? 40% of morality?
    We perceive subjects everywhere in Nature, when in fact there are only objects.
    As literacy spread, we stopped listening and started reading.
    Too many voices talking at the same time. We need better ears. We've invented tools to talk all the time but haven't improved the listening.4:40 PM May 19th
    The relationship between beauty and beholder is roughly the same as the relationship between a formula and a student who doesn't get it10:59 PM May 18th
    I travel a lot. I hike a lot in the wilderness. Is what I learn from there worth what I forget about here?11:36 PM May 13th
    Great civilizations are those that do NOT learn from the mistakes of past civilizations11:21 AM May 13th
    We are a noise surrounded by silence. And it's the silence that defines what we are. Nobody really pays attention to the noise except us.11:11 AM May 13th
    If you look close enough and long enough, everything is transparent.12:12 AM May 13th
    Very few things are inevitable in life, not even life itself.10:44 AM May 12th
    The USA is creating an idiot-proof society. Europe is creating a genius-free society.1:03 PM May 9th
    Make a point of listening to silence. The best stories are there.
    A skeptical physicist asked me "what do art and science have in common?" My answer: "They both come from the same mind".7:37 PM May 5th
    Talent is overrated. Luck is underrated.
    We underestimate the ingenuity of idiots
    If we could measure it, we'd find that the vast majority of the world's creativity is in the slums and poor villages of the developing world.
    Nature is a poet that never uses the word 'I'
    I think the human race was not meant to have spare time: people don't know what to do with their spare time.

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