"A value debased and an illusion unmasked have the same pitiful form; they resemble each other and there is nothing easier than to mistake one for the other." From: The Joke by Milan Kundera
There are more things between foreplay and orgasm, fellatio, than dreamt of in your philosophies.
All that energy that could be used to work together to improve the human condition, goes to competing for hungry eyeballs.
Review: Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Seven years after his The Better Angels of our Nature, the book in which he presented abundant statistics and reasons why violence has declined, Steven Pinker has published an even more ambitious tome defending the idea and ideals of Enlightenment. The controversy that arose from the 'cautiously optimist' view he presented in 2011 might have ...
Don't underestimate the power of pretty scientific models! On the catwalk of the universe they are all we have.
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Be careful
Be particularly careful about the following four words: sacrifice, eternity, purity, redemption. If you hear any of these, sound the alarm. And if you happen to live in a country whose leader routinely says things like 'Their sacrifice will redeem the purity of our eternal nation' – know that you are in deep trouble. – Yuval Noah Harari, 21 lessons
Don’t ask what Putin can do for you, ask what you can do for Putin – D. Trump
Professor Trompsky #3
Professor Trompsky, welcome. I guess you are a regular on our show now. - Yes you could say that [chuckles] Just  before this interview, you said you had a mediocre ephiphany. Care to elaborate? - Yes. Consider thissimple question. Would you increase your happiness at the cost of another's happiness? I guess not. - But isn't ...
I seek the company of others not to celebrate my narcissism, but to suppress it.
Professor Trompsky #3
Professor Trompsky, what do you think of the intellectual climate of today? There is a worrying decline of what I call the culture of wisdom. More often than not, people engaging in debates are more concerned with cementing their own argumentation, making their own narrative waterproof as it were. Instead of trying to integrate the ...
Professor Trompsky #1
Professor Trompsky, welcome to our studio. At 87, do you have any plans for retirement? Listen, the burden of the world rests on my shoulders. I can't just give up because the fragility that is slowly but certainly shutting down my body. My responsibilities are grand, and with grandure I shall go to the grave. Can ...
We breathe calmly. The word purpose agitates. Propos, to 'put forth' says the etymology. We are familiar with a hierarchy of purposes. At the end of a curious child's inquisitive series of "why?" every adult will resort to "just because". The purpose of growing up is to contribute to society. The purpose of society is ...