Wednesday, December 28, 2005

New Orbit

First love soars rocket-like through virgin space

In whose calm distance no one ever hurled

A mighty missile that would change the face

And outlines of the total outer world.

A boy and girl are there in the beginning,

Untouched, unsure, and yet prepared to try

That rarer atmosphere beyond the spinning

Earth in a dark immensity of sky.

Propelled by violent and split reaction

Of forces stronger than they ever knew

High into heavens, they attain a fraction

Of universal knowledge, vast and true.

Surpassing minor moons, their love gains speed

To reach the most distant star of mutual need.

--Anne Marx

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Streetwise Logic

We can't insulate from false views, so we learn to see the ways in which they are false..

Monday, December 26, 2005

Prior Implication

To pursue wisdom, one must already be somewhat wise.

Chance & Illusion

In spite of some appearances, discoveries are never made by chance.

Brand Blanshard

D Generation

A great way to degenerate and corrupt people would be to get them to waste as much time as possible on passive forms of amusement and other ways of just getting the time to go by as quickly as possible.

Metalogical Moment

Inference assumes a universal necessity across objects.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Debate & Knowledge

It is not merely inevitable that we are different and have different views. Truth emerges from the clash of opinion.

The Benevolence of Opportunity

She smiled her last smile at so much that had been possible.

Ayn Rand, last line of We The Living


Seek simplicity, and avoid it.


The Truth Hurts

The truth hurts us now, but makes us wiser in the end.

Brand Blanshard

Ignorance and History

Ignorant people ask questions the wise answered a thousand years ago.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Inaction 2

Doing nothing is worse than the actual crime.


Inaction 1

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

Atheistic Fallacy 1

The circularity of one atheistic argument lies in first postulating that there is no God, and then asking why anyone would want to believe in God.

But if belief in God is a response to a longing for security, then, since different people want different things, is atheism merely a response to the desire for autonomy?

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Courage & Convictions

A common error: to have the courage of your convictions. Rather, have the courage for an attack on your convictions!


Mining Under

If you are able to convince the opponent’s pawns and pieces to join you, the enemy’s king will not succeed in standing alone for a long time.

Gary Kasparov, September 2004, Hamburg

Method 2

One must say it ten times: The most important things are the methods!


Method 1

The method of inquiry is the most important thing.

James F. Harris

In A Letter To His Sister

To strike new paths, fighting the habitual, experiencing the insecurity of independence and the frequent wavering of one's feelings and even one's conscience, proceeding often without any consolation, but always with the eternal goal of the good, the true, and the beautiful.


Secret Goober Mentals

One of our best defenses against the national security state is the perennial proclivity of clandestine organizations to piss off their own employees.

Orlin Grabbe