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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith)
- Highlight on Page 75 | Added on Friday, February 01, 2013, 02:04 AM

Where we do sense our souls is first, to repeat, in our discernment of our individuality-the fact that from conception to death we are the same person, which person is distinct from all others-and

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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 81 | Added on Monday, February 04, 2013, 02:33 PM Happiness, it is said, has no history. History recounts wars and plagues and famines.
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 86 | Added on Monday, February 04, 2013, 02:44 PM On our own plane the representations we attempt of God have inevitably a symbolic element inasmuch as they can never rise to be their object's equal, bnt this does not keep them from being literally true in certain respects, as when they assert that God exists and that the degree of his existence exceeds our own. Symbolism is the science of the relationship between different levels of reality
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Espírito e personalidade (dcomercio.com.br) - Highlight Loc. 26-28 | Added on Monday, February 04, 2013, 02:49 PM "De pensar, morreu um burro", diz o ditado. Pensar falsidades dá tanto trabalho, e às vezes até mais, do que chegar à verdade. O pensamento bom não é aquele que se compraz na riqueza dos seus próprios movimentos, mas aquele que se reolhe humildemente para dar passagem à inteligência, à percepção da verdade.
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Deflation Confusion: Money Is Not Credit (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 55-57 | Added on Friday, February 08, 2013, 02:23 AM Dration and interest are different for cash and treasuries, but they are not the fundamental differences. The fundamental difference between them is that money is accepted as a final means of payment for goods and Treasuries are not. This is why Treasuries are not cash.
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Deflation Confusion: Money Is Not Credit (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 65-66 | Added on Friday, February 08, 2013, 02:25 AM The liability nature of fractional-reserve bank money is an accidental property of money. Money is not inherently a liability. Under a gold monetary system, money is a commodity.
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The Flipside of the Trillion Dollar Coin (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 103-4 | Added on Friday, February 08, 2013, 10:26 AM Let me be clear: my intention is not to deny that the trillion-dollar coin is a ludicrous and dangerous idea; it is rather to point out that the Fed is a more ludicrous and dangerous idea.
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 87 | Added on Friday, February 08, 2013, 10:59 AM the element that is identical with Him-not with his personal mode, for on the celestial plane God and soul remain distinct, but with God's mode that is infinite. Spirit is the Atman that is Brahman, the aspect of man that is the Buddha-nature, the element in man which, exceeding the soul's full pa
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 90 | Added on Saturday, February 09, 2013, 11:39 PM the organ of spiritual vision, this body of flesh and blood which in corporeal respects is frail as foam, fleeting as dew, is at the same time, in this very moment and on this very spot, the infinite and eternal Life instancing itself in this particular respect. Normally, as we have noted, the perception does not involve the total dissolution of finitude in the ocean of Go
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 93 | Added on Sunday, February 10, 2013, 07:00 PM hrough an alien environment. He is the sum total of all that he does and all that happens to him and all that comes within his range, spread out (from our point of view) in time and space, but a single, timeless fact in the mind of God. What we are and where we are cannot ultimately be divided. And to accept our destiny is to accept ourselves, recognizing that what happens to us is as much a part of o
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 99 | Added on Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:24 PM he himself will die" (Maha
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The Errors of Keynes (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 31-32 | Added on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 02:15 AM To demand money is not to demand nothing from the market. Hoarding is the natural response of savers and consumers to a structure of production that does not adjust to their needs.
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The Errors of Keynes (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 52-57 | Added on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 02:19 AM Idle resources are another important topic in Rallo's book since Keynes recommends inflation in the case of idle resources. Rallo asks why factors are unemployed and comes to the result that their owners demand a price for their services that is higher than their discounted marginal value product. In these circumstances, inflation implies a redistribution in favor of the owners of those factors, or a frustration of attempts to restructure, i.e., the economy suffers from forced saving or capital cosumption. In contrast, when factors of production adjust their prices, i.e., wages fall back to their discounted marginal value product, aggregate demand does not fall as Keynes suggests. On the contrary aggregate demand increases, because total production increases.
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The Errors of Keynes (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 80-81 | Added on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 02:26 AM Rallo responds astutely: But if a person is forced to buy with his salary something that he does not want, why shall this person work at all?
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A Montanha Mágica (Thomas Mann) ([email protected]) - Highlight Loc. 2922-24 | Added on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 05:18 AM procurou compreender o que Settembrini queria dizer ao chamar esse princípio de “fonte da liberdade e do progresso”. Essa última palavra significara para Hans Castorp, até então, qualquer coisa parecida com o desenvolvimento dos guindastes no decorrer do século XIX.
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A Montanha Mágica (Thomas Mann) ([email protected]) - Highlight Loc. 2925-27 | Added on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 05:19 AM O italiano rendia à pátria dos seus dois ouvintes uma grande homenagem em vista do fato de terem sido inventados ali a pólvora, que fizera ferro-velho das armaduras do feudalismo, e o prelo, que possibilitara a difusão democrática das idéias, quer dizer, a difusão das idéias democráticas.
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A Montanha Mágica (Thomas Mann) ([email protected]) - Highlight Loc. 3266-72 | Added on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 06:55 PM Pôs-se a fazer digressões a respeito da natureza fascinante da tosse. Sim, era mesmo uma distração e um prazer sentir como no fundo do peito se intensificava e crescia o prurido, que as pessoas procuravam, por assim dizer, pegar, esforçando-se convulsivamente e comprimindo-se para acalmar a irritação. E um divertimento análogo era oferecido pelo espirro, quando o desejo de soltá-lo aumentava poderosamente e se tornava irresistível, a ponto de a gente, como que inebriada, fazer algumas respirações violentas, antes de se entregar com delícia, esquecendo o resto do mundo ante a felicidade da explosão. E essa delícia podia produzir-se duas ou três vezes seguidas. Eram esses os prazeres gratuitos da vida, entre os quais também figurava o de coçar as frieiras, na primavera, quando elas picavam tão docemente – coçar-se com um fervor cruel, até sair sangue, abandonando-se à raiva e ao gozo,
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The Deflationary Spiral Bogey (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 33-34 | Added on Friday, February 15, 2013, 04:09 AM Why do falling prices make people expect falling prices?
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The Deflationary Spiral Bogey (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 67-69 | Added on Friday, February 15, 2013, 04:19 AM If consumers expect lower prices of most things, including things that they already own, it is equally logical that they would sell their possessions and their assets in order to buy them back later at a lower price.
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A Montanha Mágica (Thomas Mann) ([email protected]) - Highlight Loc. 4020-21 | Added on Monday, February 18, 2013, 08:11 PM A entrada de Clávdia efetuara-se de modo despercebido, inopinado, e de chofre compartilhava ela com os primos aquele recinto, onde um segundo antes não estiveraainda.
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A Montanha Mágica (Thomas Mann) ([email protected]) - Highlight Loc. 4048-49 | Added on Monday, February 18, 2013, 08:15 PM “Com efeito, bastante desagradável, senhorita”, teria dito e talvez, com um gesto desenvolto, tivesse tirado o lenço do bolso do paletó a fim de se assoar.
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Monetary Origins of the Poker Bubble (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 132-34 | Added on Monday, February 25, 2013, 03:35 AM Prices … must fall, particularly in the higher orders of production—this includes capital goods, land, and wage rates. … Not only prices of particular machines must fall, but also the prices of whole aggregates of capital, e.g., stock market and real estate values.[27]
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Twitter (what-if.xkcd.com) - Highlight Loc. 6-9 | Added on Friday, March 01, 2013, 04:36 PM High up in the North in the land called Svithjod, there stands a rock. It is a hundred miles high and a hundred miles wide. Once every thousand years a little bird comes to this rock to sharpen its beak. When the rock has thus been worn away, then a single day of eternity will have gone by. —Hendrik Willem Van Loon
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A Strategy for Liberty (bionicmosquito.blogspot.com.br) - Highlight Loc. 192-94 | Added on Saturday, March 02, 2013, 01:07 PM Rothbard then comes to identify the “true utopian” system: The true utopian is one who advocates a system that is contrary to the natural law of human beings and of the real world. A utopian system is one that could not work even if everyone were persuaded to try to put it into practice.The
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A Strategy for Liberty (bionicmosquito.blogspot.com.br) - Highlight Loc. 194-98 | Added on Saturday, March 02, 2013, 01:08 PM operation.The utopian goal of the left: communism—the abolition of specialization and the adoption of uniformity—could not work even if everyone were willing to adopt it immediately. It could not work because it violates the very nature of man and the world, especially the uniqueness and individuality of every person, of his abilities and interests, and because it would mean a drastic decline in the production of wealth, so much so as to doom the great bulk of the human race to rapid starvation and extinction.
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 118 | Added on Monday, March 04, 2013, 07:57 AM I no longer desired a better world, because I was· thinking of creation as a whole: and in the light of this more balanced discernment, I had come to see that higher things are better than the lower, but that the sum of all creation is better than the higher things alone. ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions, VII, xii
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 125 | Added on Monday, March 04, 2013, 10:12 AM "From Stone Age to the present-what a decline,"
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 130 | Added on Monday, March 04, 2013, 02:46 PM Life does evolve. No, it does not. The point at stake is not a detail or in any way secondary. For evolution does not present itself as mere chronicle, a timetable, so to speak, with curators lining up fossil remains in the sequences in which they appeared.
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 139 | Added on Thursday, March 07, 2013, 05:17 AM r essential forms or archetypes reside there from an endless beginning. As earth ripens to receive them, each in its turn drops22 to the terrestrial plane and, donning the world's fabric, gives rise to a new life form. The origin of species is metaphysical. First a viable habitat must be devised, hence the inorganic univer
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An Introduction to Austrian Economics Ch 8 (mises.org) - Highlight Loc. 36-38 | Added on Thursday, March 07, 2013, 04:20 PM In the early stages of the credit expansion the interest rate actually drops. Subsequently, as the effect of such policies on prices throughout the market becomes apparent, a price premium is added to the interest rate in order to protect the savers from the harmful impact of expected price increases.
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 144 | Added on Thursday, March 07, 2013, 07:37 PM mountain top; there his gaze would embrace all the wide landscape; the works of men would seem insignificant to him. It is thus that the soul torn from the earth and from the body perceives the inexhaustible diversity of things and the incommensurable abysses of the worlds which contain them; for the first time it sees itself in its universal context, in an inexorable concatenation and in a network of multitudinous and unsuspected relationships, and takes account of the fact that life had been but an 'instant', but a 'play'. Projected into the absolute 'nature of things' man is inescapably aware of what he is in reality; he knows himself ontologically and without deforming perspective in the light of the nonnative 'proportions' of the Universe." F. Schuon, Understanding Islam (Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1972), p. 85. 26. John Nance, The Gentle Tasaday (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975).
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 144 | Added on Thursday, March 07, 2013, 07:39 PM se him. Once the self is extracted from the realm of lies, the falsities by which it armored itself within that realm become like flames and the life it there led like a shirt of Nessus.25 When the flames have consumed these falsities-or to use other language, when truth has set the distortions of terrestrial existence in perspectivethe balance is restored and the distortions, too, are seen to have had their place. This is forgiveness. With it, the Mind recedes as the Body earlier did at death, and the self, which is to say attention and identification, passes to the Soul's immortal center, which is now freed for the beatific vision. Lost in continual adoration and wonder, it abides in the direct presence of the Living God who is Being Itself. Beyond this, where the film that separates knower from known is itself removed and the self sinks into the Spirit that is the Infinite .... Ah, but we can say no more. We have reached the Cloud of Unknowing, where the rest is
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 144 | Added on Thursday, March 07, 2013, 07:39 PM If this sounds "old-fashioned," we trust that those who make this charge are not blind to the fact that it is the tacit progress-premise underlying that word that has turned it into a pe
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 145 | Added on Thursday, March 07, 2013, 07:41 PM s tell us they want even their antiques to be of the latest variety; in this time when clergy themselves have grown "
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 157 | Added on Saturday, March 09, 2013, 07:26 PM The first thing Grof and his associates discovered was that there is no specific pharmacological effect which LSD invariably produces: "I have not been able to find a single phenomenon that could be considered an invariant product of the chemical action of the drug in any of the areas studied-perceptual, emotional, ideational, and physical."4 Not even mydriasis (prolonged dilatation of the pupils), one of the most common symptoms, occurs invariably. Psychological effects vary even more than do physiological, but the range of the latter-mydriasis, nausea, and vomiting, enhanced intestinal movements, diarrhea, constipation, frequent urination, acceleration as well as retardation of pulse, cardiac distress and pain, palpitations, suffocation and dyspnea, excessive sweating and hypersalivation, dry mouth, reddening of the skin, hot flushes and chills, instability and vertigo, inner trembling, fine muscle tremors-exceeds that of any other drug that affects the autonomic nervous system. These somatic symptoms are practiCally independent of dosage and occur in all possible combinations. Variability between subjects is equaled by variation in the symptoms a single subject will experience under different circumstances; particularly important from the clinical point of view are the differences that appear at different stages in the therapeutic process. All this led Grof to conclude that LSD is not a specific causal agent, but rather a catalyzer. It is, as foot~ote 2 indicates, an unspecific amplifier of neural and mental processes.
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Huston Smith - Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the Worlds Religions-o (Huston Smith) - Highlight on Page 172 | Added on Sunday, March 10, 2013, 01:29 PM The idea that the "three-dimensional world" is only one of many experiential worlds created by the Universal Mind ... appeared to them much more logical than the opposite alternative that is so frequently taken for granted, namely, that the material world has objective reality of its own and that the human consciousness and the concept of God are merely products of highly organized matter, the human brain.
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Entre Manhattan e Gotham: amor e ódio pelo arranha céu (renderingfreedom.com) - Highlight Loc. 51-53 | Added on Monday, March 11, 2013, 02:44 PM para o pedestre, vazios entre os prédios torna toda caminhada o dobro ou o triplo da distância, além de muito menos interessante já que se caminha junto à grades ao invés de serviços e lojas. Não é o mesmo que ocorreu em Manhattan que, com edifícios sem recuos laterais ou frontais na sua maioria, foi eleita a melhor cidade para se caminhar de todo EUA.
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Anarchy: The Unknown Ideal (bionicmosquito.blogspot.com.br) - Highlight Loc. 288-89 | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 01:54 PM The Defense Benefits of Being a Non-State
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Science and the Myth of Progress (Merhdad M. Zarandi, Giovanni Monastra) - Highlight on Page x | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 02:28 PM It was only after man’s view of time was transformed from a more qualitative and “cyclic” conception into a mechanical and quantitative flow that people began to imagine a “tendency” in history from the “less” to the “more”, and thus our civilization was ready to accept the modern idea of “progress”.
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Science and the Myth of Progress (Merhdad M. Zarandi, Giovanni Monastra) - Highlight on Page x | Added on Monday, March 18, 2013, 05:37 PM By “progress”, premodern people meant a relative improvement, limited to specific fields, concerning mainly the material life of man, and without any ideological or pseudo-religious meaning. They spoke about “progresses”, with different ends for different people and cultures, in a cyclic becoming of the cosmos where there was also the possibility of “falls” and “regressions”. For them, every real improvement— “progress”—was a discontinuous event, a jump in the history of man, often due to either the intervention of the gods or to a gift from them; it was a transient conquest to be defended, and tragedy always lay waiting in ambush
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C. S. Lewis: “É o leitor instruído que pode ser enganado” - Blog do Yuri (blogdo.yurivieira.com) - Highlight Loc. 64-65 | Added on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:26 PM — Ouça lá, meu tolo, é o leitor instruído que pode ser enganado. Todas as nossas dificuldades vêm dos outros. Quando é que encontrou um trabalhador que acredite nos jornais? Ele tem por garantido que todos eles são propaganda e passa por cima dos artigos de opinião.
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The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com) - Highlight Loc. 57-58 | Added on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 03:11 PM “The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play.
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The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com) - Highlight Loc. 66-67 | Added on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 03:12 PM I did make a conscious decision, a long time ago, to choose time over money, since I’ve always understood that the best investment of my limited time on earth was to spend it with people I love.
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Our Fragile Intellect (Gerald Crabtree) - Highlight on Page 4 | Added on Sunday, March 24, 2013, 03:10 PM If we are losing emotional and intellectual traits, how did we get them in the first place? Needless to say this is one of the most important questions of modern anthropology and the subject of much investigation and debate. I can only speculate, but it seems necessary and also just plain fun to step outside my comfort zone and comment. One clear fact is that the expansion of the human frontal cortex and endocranial volume (Fig 1), which is thought to have given humanity our capacity for abstract thought occurred about 50,000 and 500,000 years ago26 27 in our pre historic African ancestors. These ancestors did not have a written language and for most of their history probably did not have much of a verbal language26,28. They also did not have organized agriculture that permitted life at high density in cities and societies. Thus, the selective pressures that gave us our capacity for abstract thought and human mental characteristics operated among hunter-gathers living in dispersed bands, nothing like our present day high-density, supportive societies. It is also seems clear that both written and verbal language first appeared well after endocranial expansion (Fig 1) and hence could not have been a driving force to acheive our present brain size (blue area in Fig 1) about 50,000 years ago. Furthermore, it seems that our intellectual capacity has not changed very much in the last 50,000 years since our African ancestors began their migrations
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Our Fragile Intellect (Gerald Crabtree) - Highlight on Page 6 | Added on Monday, March 25, 2013, 10:51 AM We think of the common hunter-gather abilities as crude and unrefined and not intellectually challenging, how could our modern abilities be an offshoot of being selected in this way? It seems that the field of artificial intelligence may be making a significant contribution to this question. When this field was first born several decades ago, it promised household robots that would do all our daily tasks: cook meals; take the dishes off the table, wash them and put them away; mow the lawn; fix that leaky rain gutter, repair a child’s toy and bring us freshly cooked croissants and coffee in the morning. Needless to say we do not have these robots now and none of the readers of this piece will probably ever benefit from such a household robot. (Although one AI expert I consulted said computers might have this kind of computational power in 10 years). This is true even though such a robot would have the commercial value of the world’s automotive industry and hence there is immense impetus to design them. Paradoxically, things that we consider intellectual, such as playing chess, winning at Jeopardy, flying a jet plane or driving a car are fairly straightforward for a computer and do not require even a small fraction of the computational power required for common human actions
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What's Wrong with the World (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton) - Highlight on Page 11 | Loc. 142-43 | Added on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 05:56 AM The more complicated the smash, the whiter-haired and more absent-minded will be the theorist who is needed to deal with it; and in some extreme cases, no one but the man (probably insane) who invented your flying-ship could possibly say what was the matter with it.
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Disposing of the Classical Liberal Tradition in Minutes (consultingbyrpm.com) - Highlight Loc. 5-7 | Added on Sunday, March 31, 2013, 11:37 AM Steve Landsburg rightfully went supernova on Robert Frank for his (Frank’s) NYT op ed defending Mayor Bloomberg.
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Disposing of the Classical Liberal Tradition in Minutes (consultingbyrpm.com) - Note Loc. 6 | Added on Sunday, March 31, 2013, 11:38 AM his
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What's Wrong with the World (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton) - Highlight on Page 33 | Loc. 328-31 | Added on Tuesday, April 02, 2013, 12:29 AM There is one metaphor of which the moderns are very fond; they are always saying, "You can't put the clock back." The simple and obvious answer is "You can." A clock, being a piece of human construction, can be restored by the human finger to any figure or hour. In the same way society, being a piece of human construction, can be reconstructed upon any plan that has ever existed.
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What's Wrong with the World (G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton) - Highlight on Page 34 | Loc. 334-42 | Added on Tuesday, April 02, 2013, 12:37 AM I claim a right to propose as a solution the old patriarchal system of a Highland clan, if that should seem to eliminate the largest number of evils. It certainly would eliminate some evils; for instance, the unnatural sense of obeying cold and harsh strangers, mere bureaucrats and policemen. I claim the right to propose the complete independence of the small Greek or Italian towns, a sovereign city of Brixton or Brompton, if that seems the best way out of our troubles. It would be a way out of some of our troubles; we could not have in a small state, for instance, those enormous illusions about men or measures which are nourished by the great national or international newspapers. You could not persuade a city state that Mr. Beit was an Englishman, or Mr. Dillon a desperado, any more than you could persuade a Hampshire Village that the village drunkard was a teetotaller or the village idiot a statesman. Nevertheless, I do not as a fact propose that the Browns and the Smiths should be collected under separate tartans. Nor do I even propose that Clapham should declare its independence. I merely declare my independence.
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