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More than any other time in history, mankind now faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
Give me a morality that equally suits the healthy and the sick, men and women, children, adults, and old people.
A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
FAIRY TALE: a horror story to prepare children for the newspapers.
Friendship is a pact, a convention. Two beings tacitly promise never to broadcast what each really thinks of the other. A kind of alliance based on compromises. When one of them publicly calls attention to the other's defects, the pact is declared null and void, the alliance broken. No friendship lasts if one of the partners ceases to play the game. In other words, no friendship tolerates an exaggerated proportion of honesty.
When you love, you are not lonely. The sense of loneliness arises only when you are frightened of being alone and of not knowing what to do. When you are controlled by ideas, isolated by beliefs, then fear is inevitable; and when you are afraid, you are completely blind.
Man (like the other animals) is not born to enjoy life, but only to perpetuate life, to communicate it to others who come after, to conserve it. Neither he himself, nor life, nor any object of this world is actually made for him, but, on the contrary, he exists completely for life. Terrifying, but a true proposition of all metaphysics.
The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
Beware, no matter his faith, the man who presumes to tell you what God wants.
Suppose the reasoning centers of the brain can get their hands on the mechanisms that plop shapes into the array and that read their locations out of it. Those reasoning demons can exploit the geometry of the array as a surrogate for keeping certain logical constraints in mind. Wealth, like location on a line, is transitive: if A is richer than B, and B is richer than C, then A is richer than C. By using location in an image to symbolize wealth, the thinker takes advantage of the transitivity of location built into the array, and does not have to enter it into a chain of deductive steps. The problem becomes a matter of plop down and look up. It is a fine example of how the form of a mental representation determines what is easy or hard to think.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, small people talk about other people.
When you seem to be listening to my words, they seem to be your words, with me listening.
There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
There is a limit to human intelligence, but there is no limit to human stupidity
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.
The map is not the territory … The only usefulness of a map depends on similarity of structure between the empirical world and the map...
You learn something every day if you pay attention.
Remember that politics, colonialism, imperialism and war also originate in the human brain.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for
The law an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
There have been times when I have deliberately tried to take my life... I think I must have been crying for some attention.
In truth you owe naught to any man. You owe all to all men.
Intelligence is not about knowing the answers but about asking the questions.
Without deviation, progress is not possible.
Chance alone is at the source of all novelty, all creation in the biosphere.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes.
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.
We are seeking another basic outlook: the world as an organization. This would profoundly change categories of our thinking and influence our practical attitudes. We must envision the biosphere as a whole with mutually reinforcing or mutually destructive inter-dependencies.
Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
Here appear to exist general system laws which apply to any system of a particular type, irrespective of the particular properties of the systems and the elements involved. Compared to the analytical procedure of classical science with resolution into component elements and one-way or linear causality as basic category, the investigation of organized wholes of many variables requires new categories of interaction, transaction, organization, teleology.
Modern theory is about objects lower than man; even stars, being common things, are lower than man.
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.
My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.
HORSE SENSE: Stable thinking
The important thing is first to find out what you are afraid of, to understand it and not run away from it.
Play is the establishment and exploration of relationship.
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved. This is action out of compassion.
A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.
The artist . . . can leave a great many of the most fundamental aspects of culture to be picked up not from his actual words, but from his emphasis. [He can] group and stress [words] so that the reader almost unconsciously receives information which is not explicit in the sentences and which the artist would find it hard - almost impossible - to express in analytic terms. This impressionistic technique is utterly foreign to the methods of science.
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
It seems that cybernetics is many different things to many different people. But this is because of the richness of its conceptual base; and I believe that this is very good, otherwise cybernetics would become a somewhat boring exercise. However, all of those perspectives arise from one central theme; that of circularity. When, perhaps a half century ago, the fecundity of this concept was seen, it was sheer euphoria to philosophize, epistemologize, and theorize about its unifying power and its consequences and rami?cation on various ?elds. While this was going on, something strange evolved among the philosophers, the epistemologists and, the theoreticians. They began to see themselves more and more as being included in a larger circularity; maybe within the circularity of their family; or that of their society and culture; or even being included in a circularity of cosmic proportions!
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.
PAIN: An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another.
In my silence only my voice is missing.
All experience is subjective.
The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives.
That faint light in each of us which dates back to before our birth, to before all births, is what must be protected if we want to rejoin that remote glory from which we shall never know why we were separated.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Freedom from the known is death, and then you are living.
Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various editions of them.
Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives.
What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
ON SONGWRITING
It's like glueing macaroni to a piece of cardboard and painting it gold
The point is that most of what we currently hold sacred is not sacred for any reason other than that it was thought sacred yesterday.
An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
You are just an insecure little girl in desperate need of attention.
We create the world that we perceive, not because there is no reality outside our heads, but because we select and edit the reality we see to conform to our beliefs about what sort of world we live in. The man who believes that the resources of the world are infinite, for example, or that if something is good for you then the more of it the better, will not be able to see his errors, because he will not look for evidence of them. For a man to change the basic beliefs that determine his perception - his epistemological premises - he must first become aware that reality is not necessarily as he believes it to be. Sometimes the dissonance between reality and false beliefs reaches a point when it becomes impossible to avoid the awareness that the world no longer makes sense. Only then is it possible for the mind to consider radically different ideas and perceptions.
Moderation? It's mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It's the devil's dilemma. It's neither doing nor not doing. It's the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It's for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation...is lukewarm tea, the devil's own brew.
Human beings are actually more closely related to the two species of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes, the familiar chimp, and Pan paniscus, the rare, smaller pygmy chimp or bonobo) than those chimpanzees are to the other apes.
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
Fear is the destructive energy in man. It withers the mind, it distorts thought, it leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs.
When you attach a label make sure it can come off because things can change.
When all think alike, then no one is thinking.
There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.
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
We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
The Bible has noble poetry in it... and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.
Reason should be destroyed in all Christians.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
If the myth of pure evil is that evil is committed with the intention of causing harm and an absence of moral considerations, then it applies to very few acts of so-called 'pure evil' because most evildoers believe what they are doing is forgivable or justifiable.
It has often been argued that absolute scepticism is self-contradictory; but this is a mistake: and even if it were not so, it would be no argument against the absolute sceptic, inasmuch as he does not admit that no contradictory propositions are true. Indeed, it would be impossible to move such a man, for his scepticism consists in considering every argument and never deciding upon its validity; he would, therefore, act in this way in reference to the arguments brought against him.
I am chained to the earth to pay for the freedom of my eyes.
More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.
Also the principle of stress, so often invoked in psychology, psychiatry, and psychosomatics, needs some reevaluation. As everything in the world, stress too is an ambivalent thing. Stress is not only a danger to life to be controlled and neutralized by adaptive mechanisms; it also creates higher life.
I would ask something more of this world if it had something more.
I got interested in the emotions after studying patients who had lost the ability to emote and feel under certain circumstances. Many of those patients also had major impairments in their ability to make decisions.
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
Happiness comes when you are doing something because you really love to do it, and not because it gives you riches or makes you a prominent person.
Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
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