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“There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth.”

“The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of … Continue reading

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“Do we realize that when we say ‘I,’ we are talking about something that is vanishing?”

“Do we realize  that we are not what we used to be, nor what we will be, but what we are in the process of being in the present instant? If life is but a dream, we might as well … Continue reading

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“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

–Oscar Wilde, Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray.  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/174/174-h/174-h.htm  

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“I can’t resist it. I always feel the strong compulsion to build upon whatever I enjoy, to understand it better. I can’t listen to a song without harmonizing with it, and I can’t play a game without imbuing it with sheaves upon sheaves of personally relevant contextual information.”

-Jerry Holkins,  http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2008/01/11/rigorous-scholarship And the comic strip from that day:

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“…we have soothed ourselves into imagining sudden change as something that happens outside the normal order of things.”

“‘An accident, like a car crash. Or beyond our control, like a fatal illness. We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence. Yet it is. And chaos theory teaches us,’ Malcolm … Continue reading

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“Good video games are good for your soul.”

—James Paul Gee, Good Video Games + Good Learning (7) There is a prejudice that a video game “…has nothing to do with anything so ponderous as ‘learning’. This is because school has made many people believe that pleasure and learning have … Continue reading

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“Designing genomes will be a personal thing, a new art form as creative as painting or sculpture.”

–Freeman Dyson, “Our Biotech Future” “Domesticated biotechnology, once it gets into the hands of housewives and children, will give us an explosion of diversity of new living creatures, rather than the monoculture crops that the big corporations prefer. New lineages … Continue reading

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“This world wants to be childish in order to make us believe that the adults are elsewhere, in the ‘real’ world…”

—Jean Baudrillard on Disneyland, Simulacra and Simulation (13).

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“It is true, veils hang at the entrances to the schools of literature, but they do not signify the prestige of the elite teaching so much as the covering up of error.”

–Augustine of Hippo, Confessions Book I, xiii (22).  It was customary in the Roman Empire, when seeing a prestigious person, to pass through multiple doorways covered with curtains or veils. The more veils to pass through, the more prestigious the … Continue reading

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“Only where there is reason to suspect that conditions could be changed and are not does rage arise”

“That violence often springs from rage is a commonplace, and rage can indeed be irrational and pathological, but so can every other human affect. It is no doubt possible to create conditions under which men are dehumanized—such as concentration camps, … Continue reading

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