Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political correctness is a social pestilence in need of a pesticide to stop moral suicide!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"It's good for foreigners to come to us because the Russian people are good - our soul's the best.  The worst Russian has a better soul than foreigners.  They themselves feel this and they come to us for spirit.  They have the machine but you can't survive with just the machine.  It looks like everything around them is good, but there's nothing in the person.  And that's the main thing." ~ Rasputin

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


"Verum ipsum factum" (truth itself is constructed) ~ Vico's axiom

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth" ~ Aurelius

Cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am) ~ Descartes

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Conditioning is the precept of all concepts..
Reality is a fictional concept...
"A man receiving charity practically always hates his benefactor - it is a fixed characteristic of human nature; and, when he has fifty or a hundred others to back him, he will show it." ~ Down and Out in Paris and London

Friday, October 10, 2014

"The history of the world is but the biography of great men" ~ Thomas Carlyle

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"If we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists.  Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist.  If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God." ~ A Briefer History of Time

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When I'm drinking I'm thinking about not drinking, and when I'm not drinking I'm thinking about drinking..
"We can see about five thousand stars, only about 0.0001% of all the stars in our own galaxy, the Milky Way.  The Milky Way itself is but one of more than a hundred billion galaxies that can be seen using modern telescopes - and each galaxy contains on average some one hundred billion stars." ~ A Briefer History of Time

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Human Impressionability

Sales of Ray-Ban sunglasses spiked 2000% after Tom Cruise's 1983 movie "Risky Business"
727,000,000 people actively use Facebook on a daily basis

Pine Beetles have devastated 38,000 square miles of trees in western states..
Foreign nationals account for 1.6% of Japan's national population, third behind Poland and Slovakia.  The U.S. rate is 6.8% and Switzerland's foreign national population is 22%.

Source - Bloomberg Businessweek

Sunday, October 5, 2014

"Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it.  No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory.  On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory.  As philosopher of science Karl Popper has emphasized, a good theory is characterized by the fact that it makes a number of predictions that could in principle be disproved or falsified by observation.  Each time new experiments are observed to agree with the predictions, the theory survives and our confidence in it is increased; but if ever a new observation is found to disagree, we have to abandon or modify the theory." ~ A Briefer History of Time