20 NOV 2018 by ideonexus


Brand now describes himself as “post-libertarian,” a shift he attributes to a brief stint working with Jerry Brown, during his first term as California’s governor, in the nineteen-seventies, and to books like Michael Lewis’s “The Fifth Risk,” which describes the Trump Administration’s damage to vital federal agencies. “ ‘Whole Earth Catalog’ was very libertarian, but that’s because it was about people in their twenties, and everybody then was reading Robert Heinlein and ...
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13 FEB 2012 by ideonexus

 The Declaration of Independence Gave us the Age of Science

We live an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create the Declaration. Our Declaration created them. … If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it.
Folksonomies: politics history
Folksonomies: politics history
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And we should be like the Founding Fathers to preserve it. Address at a Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia (5 Jul 1926).

31 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Aristotle on Knowing

184a Since, in all pursuits in which there are sources or causes or elements, it is by way of our acquaintance with these that knowing and understanding come to us (for we regard ourselves as knowing each thing whenever we are acquainted with its first causes and first beginnings, even down to its elements), it is clear that also for the knowledge of nature one must first try to mark out what pertains to its sources. On the other hand, the natural road is from what is more familiar and cleare...
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He suggests going from the general to the particular, when modern science is about going from the particulars to the general.

03 JAN 2011 by ideonexus

 Always make new mistakes!

Always make new mistakes! This is my all-time favorite rule for living. I like it so much that I use it as my sig file--the little quote that gets inserted along with my address and other coordinates at the end of each of my e-mails. I still have new mistakes to make. The challenge is not to avoid mistakes, but to learn from them. And then to go forward and make new ones and learn again. There's no shame in making new mistakes if you acknowledge and benefit from them.
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A good principle for life.