About David Williams

Favoring foods that nurture on several levels, such as PI/eX, helps describe my quest for truth (and thus beauty) and why it is important to nourish the mind, body, and soul (not necessarily in that order).

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Recent Activity

  • David shared from Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive by Bruce Schneier
    Note: The hypothesis that the "moral binding" of groups of which you had codified at about 150 also has a spatial domain component. For example, the Indian tribes in north America had populations close to your "local" threshold. Might a second order component be the mobility of the individual in a group.
  • David shared from Declaration Of Independence, Constitution Of The United States Of America, Bill Of Rights And Constitutional Amendments by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison
    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity,...
    Note: Happy fourth of July--Remember your liberty? Get over it cowards, the enemies of freedom.
  • David shared from Common Sense by Thomas Paine
    Some writers have explained the English constitution thus; the king, say they, is one, the people another; the peers are an house in behalf of the king; the commons in behalf of the people; but this hath all the distinctions of an house divided against itself; and though the expressions be pleasantly arranged, yet when examined they appear idle and ambiguous; and it will always happen, that the nicest construction that words are capable of, when applied to the description of some thing which either cannot exist, or is too incomprehensible to be within the compass of description, will be words...
  • David shared from The Federalist Papers (Optimized for Kindle) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, Revolutionary Book Collection
    If there should be an army to be made use of as the engine of despotism, what need of the militia? If there should be no army, whither would the militia, irritated by being called upon to undertake a distant and hopeless expedition, for the purpose of riveting the chains of slavery upon a part of their countrymen, direct their course, but to the seat of the tyrants, who had meditated so foolish as well as so wicked a project, to crush them in their imagined intrenchments of power, and to make them an example of the just vengeance of an abused and incensed people? Is this the way in which usurpers...
    Note: History once again proves Madison a sage.
  • David shared from The Federalist Papers (Optimized for Kindle) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, Revolutionary Book Collection
    What reason could there be to infer, that force was intended to be the sole instrument of authority, merely because there is a power to make use of it when necessary? What shall we think of the motives which could induce men of sense to reason in this manner? How shall we prevent a conflict between charity and conviction?
    Note: Speaks for itself, Madison was a brillant student of history and a genuis in identifying the instruments of tyranny.