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Two thousand years of monotheistic brainwashing have caused most Westerners to see polytheism as ignorant and childish idolatry. This is an unjust stereotype.
One should always be in love; that is the reason one should never marry.
A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says "You've been brought here for drinking. The drunk says "Okay, let's get started.
You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.
There is a quasi-scientific fable that if you can get a frog to sit quietly in a saucepan of cold water, and if you then raise the temperature of the water very slowly and smoothly so that there is no moment marked to be the moment at which the frog should jump, he will never jump. He will get boiled. Is the human species changing its own environment with slowly increasing pollution and rotting its mind with slowly deteriorating religion and education in such a saucepan?
The characteristic of life does not lie in a distinctiveness of single life processes. [Lebensvorgänge], but rather in a certain order among all the processes.
General system theory, therefore, is a general science of "wholeness...The meaning of the somewhat mystical expression, "The whole is more that the sum of its parts" is simply that constitutive characteristics are not explanable from the characteristics of the isolated parts. The characteristics of the complex, therefore, appear as "new" or "emergent.
The real, then, is that which, sooner or later, information and reasoning would finally result in, and which is therefore independent of the vagaries of me and you. Thus, the very origin of the conception of reality shows that this conception essentially involves the notion of a COMMUNITY, without definite limits, and capable of a definite increase of knowledge.
If you have no problem, you've got a problem.
Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
The more familiar I get with the universe, the less familiar I feel with myself.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
All civilized nations must unite in condemnation of a theology that now threatens to destabilize much of the earth.
Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
For every major problem in this nation there is a simple solution--and it is wrong.
Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.
It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right - especially when one is right.
There is nothing more dangerous than a philosopher who wants to change the world
Social psychology has, as a rule, dealt with various phases of social experience from the psychological standpoint of individual experience. The point of approach which I wish to suggest is that of dealing with experience from the standpoint of society, at least from the standpoint of communication as essential to the social order. Social psychology, on this view, presupposes an approach to experience from the standpoint of the individual, but undertakes to determine in particular that which belongs to this experience because the individual himself belongs to a social structure, a social order.
Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
I think of consciousness as a bottomless lake, whose waters seem transparent, yet into which we can clearly see but a little way.But in this water there are countless objects at different depths; and certain influences will give certain kinds of those objects an upward influence which may be intense enough and continue long enough to bring them into the upper visible layer. After the impulse ceases they commence to sink downwards.
The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.
Everyone who has eyes to see can see that if the God of Abraham exists, He is an utter psychopath--and the God of Nature too. If you can't see these things just by looking, you have simply closed your eyes to the realities of our world.
If you can approach the world's complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your own mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.
Oh I don't mind going to weddings, just as long as it's not my own...
Violence and religion have often gone together, but it's not a perfect correlation, and it doesn't have to be a permanent connection, because religions themselves change.
Mentality on our approach simply comes in when the organism is able to point out meanings to others and to himself. This is the point at which mind appears, or if you like, emerges…. It is absurd to look at the mind simply from the standpoint of the individual human organism; for, although it has its focus there, it is essentially a social phenomenon; even its biological functions are primarily social.
Asking 'Who ought to be the boss?' is like asking 'Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?' Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
Nothing captures the biological argument better than the famous New Age slogan: ‘Happiness begins within.’ Money, social status, plastic surgery, beautiful houses, powerful positions – none of these will bring you happiness. Lasting happiness comes only from serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.
There is a limit to human intelligence, but there is no limit to human stupidity
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification - the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.
We social scientists would do well to hold back our eagerness to control that world which we so imperfectly understand. The fact of our imperfect understanding should not be allowed to feed our anxiety and so increase the need to control. Rather our studies could be inspired by a more ancient, but today less honoured, motive: a curiosity about the world of which we are part. The rewards of such work are not power but beauty.
Nothing is easier than being busy - and nothing more difficult than being effective.
Without deviation, progress is not possible.
If God is love and love is blind then isn't it a logical conclusion that God is blind? And if so how could God make man in his own image? Scary thought isn't it?
I have nothing to declare but my genius.
Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed & govern'd their Passions or have No Passions, but because they have Cultivated their Understandings. The Treasures of Heaven are not Negations of Passion, but Realities of Intellect, from which all the Passions Emanate Uncurbed in their Eternal Glory.
I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
Thus, when a superior intellect and a psychopathic temperament coalesce...in the same individual, we have the best possible conditions for the kind of effective genius that gets into the biographical dictionaries. Such men do not remain mere critics and understanders with their intellect. Their ideas posses them, they inflict them, for better or worse, upon their companions or their age.
In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!
Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf.
Following of authority in any form, whether self-imposed or established from outside, as well as any form of imitation, copying, is destructive of incentive, of creativeness, and that it blocks the discovery of what is true.
Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
He who learns and learns and yet does not know what he knows, is one who plows and plows yet never sows.
What a man can be, he must be.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
We do not really think, we are barely conscious, until something goes wrong.
Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
The map is not the territory (coined by Alfred Korzybski), and the name is not the thing named.
The future depends on what you do today.
Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.
There is nothing I can't live without. I learned this attitude when I was a child.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
If you can stay in love for more than two years, you're on something.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Theology is now little more than a branch of human ignorance.
The child needs an organized world rather than an unorganized or unstructured one.
There are so many attention whores out there, prostituting for people's acknowledgment.
We are free to burn the Qur’an or any other book, and to criticize Muhammad or any other human being. Let no one forget it.
Schizophrenia --its nature, etiology, and the kind of therapy to use for it--remains one of the most puzzling of the mental illnesses. The theory of schizophrenia presented here is based on communications analysis, and specifically on the Theory of Logical Types. From this theory and from observations of schizophrenic patients is derived a description, and the necessary conditions for, a situation called the "double bind"--a situation in which no matter what a person does, he "can't win." It is hypothesized that a person caught in the double bind may develop schizophrenic symptoms
Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined
Quando ero piccolo i miei genitori mi volevano talmente bene che mi misero nella culla un orsacchiotto.

Vivo.
The only way to deal with an unfree world si to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
What the artist tries to do (either consciously or unconsciously) is to not only capture the essence of something but also to amplify it in order to more powerfully activate the same neural mechanisms that would be activated by the original object.
Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
One of the surprising discoveries of modern psychology is how easy it is to be ignorant of your own ignorance.
ARCHITECTURE: The art of how to waste space.
To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. (Cardinal Bellarmine, 1615, during the trial of Galileo)
To compare is the very nature of a mind that is not awake to discover what is true.
We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
I am the captain of my soul.
If we, who live outside asylums, act as if we lived in a fictitious world- that is to say, if we are consistent with our beliefs- we cannot adjust ourselves to actual conditions, and so fall into many avoidable semantic difficulties. But the so-called normal person practically never abides by his beliefs, and when his beliefs are building for him a fictitious world, he saves his neck by not abiding by them. A so-called "insane" person acts upon his beliefs, and so cannot adjust himself to a world which is quite different from his fancy.
It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
We are faced with the task of convincing a myth infatuated world that love and curiosity are sufficient and you don't have to delude yourself and frighten yourself with Iron Age fairy tales. This is a monumental task. I don't think there is an intellectual struggle more worthy of our efforts.
Faith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident.
We really are creatures of a violent world, biologically speaking - watching violence and learning about it is one of our cognitive drives.
People run in packs because they don't feel safe alone. I run alone because I don't feel safe in packs.
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust.
Pragmatism asks its usual question. "Grant an idea or belief to be true," it says, "what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone's actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth's cash-value in experiential terms?
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