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  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (The Terry Lectures Series) by Nancy Ellen Abrams, Joel R Primack
    This explains Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous epigram, “Madness in individuals is something rare—but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.” Everyone has probably noticed that although individuals can be kind, generous, and wise, a committee, corporation, country, or other type of group is almost never kind, generous, or wise even if most of the individuals who make them up are. An October 9, 2009, New York Times headline read, “Have Banks No Shame?” No, because banks can’t feel shame. Shame is a human emotion, and a collective cannot in principle act or feel like a...
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
    The career politician wants to do everything possible, regardless of the cost, regardless of whether it actually makes anyone safer, regardless of the side effects, to avoid blame for not having done enough. This fear explains most post-9/11 anti-terrorism policy, and much of the NSA’s mass-surveillance programs.
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from The View From the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos by Joel R. Primack, Nancy Ellen Abrams
    Fifty times per second, a supernova occurs in some galaxy in the visible universe, spewing out into space enormous quantities of heavy elements that may travel millions of light-years before falling into the gravitational field of some newly forming solar system. Those heavy elements may join together to create in that new solar system a planet that billions of years later will pulse with life.
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from The View From the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos by Joel R. Primack, Nancy Ellen Abrams
    A scientific theory can be disproved by a single counterexample, but it can never be proved true because that would mean it couldn’t be refuted; and if it can’t be refuted, by definition it’s not a scientific theory—it’s faith, not science.
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel by Karen Joy Fowler
    “‘Do unto others’ is an unnatural, inhuman behavior. You can understand why so many churches and churchgoers say it but so few achieve it. It goes against something fundamental in our natures. And this, then, is the human tragedy—that the common humanity we share is fundamentally based on the denial of a common shared humanity.”
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