September 26, 2005

Eco, Truman

Amazon.com: Books: The Name of the Rose (Reed Audio)

This was a good book. The mystery was ok, but the writing was excellent, and the narration impressive.
Truman by David McCullough.

I am a fan of McCullogh now.

Posted at 09:10 AM

Quotes

Ideology...is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence.

Louis Althusser
--For Marx

Discontent, therefore, may be considered adaptive because it encourages the use of the imagination, and thus spurs men on to further conquests and to ever-increasing mastery of the environment.


Anthony Storr
--Solitude

There are two kinds of truths: those of reasoning and those of fact. The truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; the truths of fact are contigent and their opposites are possible.

Gottfried Leibnitz
--Monadology

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

Max Planck
--Scientific Autobiography



Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.

Arthur Schopenhauer
--Aphorisms

Posted at 09:08 AM

September 12, 2005

Zen koan

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Posted at 10:32 AM

September 05, 2005

Illiberal Democracy

Amazon.com: Books: The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad

Fareed Zakaria echos the same thoughts as Amy Chua. We need to export the republic - protection of minorities along with the ideals of democracy. Otherwise, as Lenin once said Democracy is the dictatorship of the majority.

Posted at 11:04 AM
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