|Plus nos outils sont ingénieux, plus nos organes deviennent grossiers et maladroits : à force de rassembler des machines autour de nous, nous n’en trouvons plus en nous–mêmes.
(The more ingenious our tools, the coarser and more unskillful are our senses. By surrounding ourselves with equipment we fail to use what is inherent in ourselves.)
|I just do things. Schemers try to control their little worlds. I’m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are.
|A robot…is logical but not reasonable.
|Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it “money”.
|If…we willfully abstain from laying out a rational framework for discussing human differences, we will leave a vacuum that is filled by pseudoscience, an outcome that is far worse than anything we could achieve by talking openly.
|People’s “explanations” for what they do are just words, stories they tell themselves, not the business of proper science.
|Nassim Nicholas Taleb
|We are suddenly showing unprecedented interest in the fate of so-called lower life forms, perhaps because we are about to become one.
|Yuval Noah Harari
|And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant
|Time is information we don’t have.
|Plans based on average inputs are wrong on average.
|Corruption thrives on process, not product.
|A man’s life is not the bricks, its the mortar.
|Ken Lipper et. al.
|And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
|A computer is like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy.
|Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga com’è bisogna che tutto cambi.
(If we want things to stay as they are, everything will have to change.)
|Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
|It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
|On two occasions I have been asked [by members of parliament!], “Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” I am not rightly able to apprehend the kind of confusion that could provoke such a question.
|It’s only the last turn of a nut that tightens it. The rest is merely movement.
|[The truth] always bobs up years later like a waterbird that dives in one part of the lake and pops up in another.
Le meilleur moyen de tenir sa parole est de ne jamais la donner.
(The best way to keep your word is never to give it.)
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
|A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
|When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
|Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point
|As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
|I am out to make a name for myself. If I fail, you will never hear from me again.
|As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.
|Woody Guthrie (unpublished verse from This Land is Your Land)
|I never said most of the things I said.