Studs Terkel, via The Writer’s Almanac:
“With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, ‘Studs, you’re an optimist.’ I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what’s the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven.”
Posted by Gillies on May 17, 2013
Michael Pollan, in the New York Times:
I can tell you the exact date that I began to think of myself in the first-person plural — as a superorganism, that is, rather than a plain old individual human being.
I remember when I first made this realization too. It was in August 2012, when I read this, from Carl Sagan:
Each of our cells contains dozens of tiny factories called mitochondria, which combine our food with molecular oxygen in order to extract energy in convenient form. Recent evidence suggests that billions of years ago, the mitochondria were free organisms which have slowly evolved into a mutually dependent relation with the cell. When many-celled organisms arose, the arrangement was retained. In a very real sense, then, we are not a single organism, but an array of about ten trillion beings and not all of the same kind.
Posted by Gillies on May 15, 2013
You can deny the future, but it’s gonna happen anyway.
Posted by Gillies on May 14, 2013
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Smart design is not necessarily high-tech.
Posted by Gillies on May 4, 2013
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Albert Einstein, via the New York Review of Books:
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the ranks of devoutly religious men.
Music is the only religion that delivers the goods.
Posted by Gillies on March 14, 2013
I’ve been making my way through Ken Burns’ “Baseball” on Netflix. Prior to watching, I had never heard of Satchel Paige, who, in addition to being a pitching great, also had a way with words. Here’s a quote:
“You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them.”
Posted by Gillies on November 26, 2012