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"Science is provisional, always open to revision in light of new evidence. It is anti-authoritarian: anybody can contribute, and anybody can be wrong. It seeks actively to test its propositions. And it is comfortable with uncertainty. These qualities give the scientific method unparalleled strength as a way of finding things out. Its power, however, is too often confined to an intellectual ghetto: those disciplines that have historically been considered “scientific”."

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."

~ Isaac Asimov

RSA Animate - The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

Excerpt from “The Dazed State” by Richard Foreman

The “entire world” that the Internet seems to offer harmonized strangely with the apple offered to Eve from the Tree of Knowledge — ah, we don’t believe in those old myths? (I guess one company guru did).

Well, the only hope I see hovering in the never-never land (now real) where the Internet does it’s work of feeding smart people amphetamines and “dumb” people tranquilizers — the only hope is that the expanding puddle of boiling, bubbling hot milk will eventually COAGULATE and a new unforeseen pattern will emerge out of all that activity that thought it was aiming at a certain goal. but (as is usual with life) was really headed someplace else nobody knew about.

That makes it sound like the new mysticism for a new Dark Ages. Well, we’ve already bitten the Apple. Good luck to those much younger than me who may be around to see either the new Heaven or the new Hell.

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"The experience of reading words on a networked computer, whether it’s a PC, an iPhone, or a Kindle, is very different from the experience of reading those same words in a book. As a technology, a book focuses our attention, isolates us from the myriad distractions that fill our everyday lives. A networked computer does precisely the opposite. It is designed to scatter our attention. It doesn’t shield us from environmental distractions; it adds to them. The words on a computer screen exist in a welter of contending stimuli."

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Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Atlantic, July-August 2008;

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0329-newport-library-20110329,0,1671782.story

"Minimalism isn’t about being cool or hip (though some might think so). It’s about re-examining our lives. It’s bucking against the trend of overconsumption, of consumption as the fundamental act of our lives. It’s a critique of the status quo of owning too much, of mindless buying of gadgets and big cars and clothes and other luxury items."


(via zoolnotes)

"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”"

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"My dad, I still think, had the most beautiful, simple checklist for what you should do in life: Do something you really love that you would do it anyway. Do it in the most adventurous place you can do it. And make sure that it helps other people. And if you feel there’s a genuine need for it, and that through that need you can help other people, you’re home."

~ Diane Sawyer, “Lessons from My Father”
Currently watching on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network): Oprah’s Master Class with Jay-Z
Happy New Year, indeed!

Currently watching on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network): Oprah’s Master Class with Jay-Z

Happy New Year, indeed!

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."

~ Rumi