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  • S. shared from The Romantic Manifesto (Signet Shakespeare) by Ayn Rand
    An artist (as, for instance, the sculptors of Ancient Greece) who presents man as a god-like figure is aware of the fact that men may be crippled or diseased or helpless; but he regards these conditions as accidental, as irrelevant to the essential nature of man—and he presents a figure embodying strength, beauty, intelligence, self-confidence, as man’s proper, natural state.
  • S. shared from The Romantic Manifesto (Signet Shakespeare) by Ayn Rand
    Just as savages took the phenomena of nature for granted, as an irreducible primary not to be questioned or analyzed, as the exclusive domain of unknowable demons—so today’s epistemological savages take art for granted, as an irreducible primary not to be questioned or analyzed, as the exclusive domain of a special kind of unknowable demons: their emotions. The only difference is that the prehistorical savages’ error was innocent.
  • S. shared from Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
    “IGEM has been grooming an entire generation of the world’s brightest scientific minds to embrace synthetic biology’s vision—without anyone really noticing, before the public debates and regulations that typically place checks on such risky and ethically controversial new technologies have even started.”
  • S. shared from Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
    You too can start a community and make a contribution. And if software and hardware aren’t your flavors of choice, how about wetware? As we shall see in the next section, groups of high school and college students have set out to hack the very stuff of life itself and launch the DIY bio moment.
  • S. shared from Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
    “The success of SpaceShipOne altered the perceptions of what a small group of developers can do,” says Gregg Maryniak, director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Saint Louis. “Everyone had grown to believe that only NASA and professional astronauts could travel into space. What Burt and his team did was demonstrate that all of us will have the chance to make that trip in the near future. He changed the paradigm.”
  • S. shared from Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
    “The Wright Brothers lifted off in 1903,” he says, “but by 1908, only ten pilots had ever flown. Then they traveled to Europe to demonstrate their aircraft and inspired everyone. The aviation world changed overnight. Inventors began to realize, ‘Hey, I can do that!’ Between 1909 and 1912, thousands of pilots and hundreds of aircraft types were created in thirty-one countries. Entrepreneurs, not governments, drove this development, and a $50 million aviation industry was created.”
  • S. shared from Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
    Moore—and because the quality of our tools has finally caught up to the scope of their vision—small groups of dedicated DIY innovators can now tackle problems that were once solely the purview of big governments and large corporations.
  • S. shared from Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
    So there you have it: a long chain of sustainable intensification backed up by agroecological principles, GE crops, synthetic biology, perennial polycultures, vertical farms, robotics and AI, integrated agriculture, upgraded aquaculture, and a booming business in cultured meat. This is what it’s going to take to feed a world of nine billion. It won’t be easy. All these technologies will need to be scaled up simultaneously, and the sooner the better.
  • S. shared from The Dirty Half Dozen: Six Radical Rules to Make Relationships Last by William Nagler, Anne Androff
    began teaching my patients not to strive to keep romance alive, not to talk about everything, and not to always tell the truth. I encouraged people with relationship problems not to fight fair, not to make compromises about money, and not to worry about what
  • S. shared from Eat To Live: The Amazing Nutrient Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss (Abridged Version) by Joel Fuhrman M.D.
    I am claiming that eating the wrong (low-nutrient) foods leads to what I call “toxic hunger” and the desire to over-consume calories. When we do not meet our micronutrient needs we become food addicts and do not feel well unless our digestive tract is continuously at work.
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