About Steven W. Bremner

Retired Air Force officer, avid reader, ultra-marathoner and adventurer, collector of exotic cultures and languages.

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  • Steven shared from The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric Kandel
    When Deep Blue beat Kasparov in 1997 (having lost to him previously), Kasparov proposed a rematch for 1998. IBM refused. Instead, fearing that Kasparov had figured out Deep Blue’s strategy and would defeat it, the company disassembled Deep Blue, and it never again played a game of chess.
    Note: IBM's Deep Blue
  • Steven shared from The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
    “Did you live on a farm?” he asked her on the third day as she injected the medicine. “Yes,” she said, smiling. “How did you know that?” “You could see the country in people’s eyes,” he said. “It’s like deep skies and long times’a bein’ quiet.”
  • Steven shared from White Teeth (Vintage International) by Zadie Smith
    If religion is the opiate of the people, tradition is an even more sinister analgesic, simply because it rarely appears sinister. If religion is a tight band, a throbbing vein, and a needle, tradition is a far homelier concoction: poppy seeds ground into tea; a sweet cocoa drink laced with cocaine; the kind of thing your grandmother might have made.
    Note: Religion
  • Steven shared from 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Memory is a haunting. You remember times you liked, and you want something like them. But you can only get new things.
    Note: Memory
  • Steven shared from The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric Kandel
    Freud’s theorizing, Schnitzler’s writings, and the paintings of Klimt, Schiele, and Kokoschka had a common insight into the nature of human instinctual life. During the period of 1890 to 1918, the insights of these five men into the irrationality of everyday life helped Vienna to become the center of modernist thought and culture. We still live in that culture today.
    Note: Vienna before WW I
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Steven W. Bremner