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"Visitors to the United States are often surprised to find that Americans like to begin a conversation by asking "what do you do?" I've never liked this question. I've rarely had a neat answer to it. But I think I have finally solved the problem. Now, when someone asks me what I do, I look them straight in the eye and say, "I'm designing a new dialect of Lisp." I recommend this answer to anyone who doesn't like being asked what they do. The conversation will turn immediately to other topics."

FROM: Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, page 216
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The most interesting emerging conception of reality is Dataism, which venerates neither gods nor man, but data. Dataism is most firmly entrenched in its two mother disciplines: computer science and biology. Of the two, biology is the more important.

It was the biological embracement of Dataism that turned a limited breakthrough in computer science into a cataclysm that is transforming how we view and manipulate living organisms. You may not like the idea that organisms are seen as algorithms, and that giraffes, tomatoes and human beings are viewed as different methods for processing data. But you should know that this is the current state of science, and that it is changing our world.

VIA: Homo Deus, page 366
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CLASS NOTES: A History of the World since 1300
Princeton University (via Coursera), Jeremy Adelman
1919 SELF-DETERMINATION MOVEMENTS IN INDIA
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-- NOTES ---------------------------------

• in retrospect, we know that the powers being
· imagined in 1919 were doomed to [_______]
· · • we have to resist the temptations to engage in
· · · the [_____________] fallacy
· · · · · • to read history [________] as if people should
· · · · · · have known at the time that what they imagined as
· · · · · · doomed
· · • Wilson was an [________]
· · · · · • lessons could be learned from the First World
· · · · · · War
· · • many warned that the peace was unsustainable
· · · · · • turning African and Middle East colonies into
· · · · · · protectorates
· · · · · • John Maynard [______]
· · · · · · · · • advisor in France to the [_______] delegation
· · · · · · · · • appalled at what he saw
· · · · · · · · • wrote one of the great polemical tracts of the
· · · · · · · · · 20th century: "The Economic [____________] of the
· · · · · · · · · Peace"
· · · · · · · · · · · • the treaty was vengeful, [______], and pays
· · · · · · · · · · · · little attention to the economic consequences of
· · · · · · · · · · · · its terms
· · · · · · · · · · · • the victors drove too high a price over the
· · · · · · · · · · · · defeated and that there would be a war in response
· · · · · · · · · · · · to it
· · • the discourse of the Wilson and [_____] models
· · · · · • self-determination
· · · · · • Wilson
· · · · · · · · • the problem of self-determination would
· · · · · · · · · [_________] the conflicts at the core of the
· · · · · · · · · system
· · · · · · · · • one needed a democratic constitution in Europe
· · · · · · · · · as the core
· · · · · · · · · · · • put an end to the [________] conflict...
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"Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into the harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves."

FROM: The Jefferson Bible, page 44
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"Did we struggle? Certainly. We received one letter from the school district informing us that I had collected so many unexcused absences that my parents might be summoned before the school or even prosecuted by the city. We found this letter hilarious: One of my parents had already faced a prosecution of sorts and hardly possessed any walking-around liberty, while the other was sufficiently off the grid that summoning him would require some serious detective work. We also found it frightening: Without a legal guardian around to sign the letter, we didn't know what the hell to do. But as we had with other challenges, we improvised. Lindsay forged Mom's signature, and the school district stopped sending letters home."

FROM: Hillbilly Elegy, page 114
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"Which brings us to another important rule of English weather-speak: always agree. This rule was noted by the Hungarian humorist George Mikes, who wrote that in England, you must never contradict anybody when discussing the weather.

Failure to agree in this manner is a serious breach of etiquette. When the priest says, 'Lord, have mercy upon us', you do not respond, 'Well, actually, why should he?' You intone dutifully, 'Christ, have mercy upon us.'

In the same way, it would be rude to respond to 'Ooh, isn't it cold?' with 'No, actually, it's quite mild.' If you listen carefully, as I have, to hundreds of English weather-conversations, you will find that such responses are extremely rare, almost unheard of. Nobody will tell you that there is a rule about this--they are not even conscious of following a rule: it just simply isn't done."

FROM: Watching the English - The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, page 40
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Dead you will lie
and never memory of you
will there be
nor desire into the aftertime--for you
do not share in the
roses of Pieria,
but invisible too in Hades' house
you will go your way
among dim shapes.
Having been breathed out.

FROM: If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, page 115
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"People don't crave equality for its own sake; they fight for equality when they perceive that they are being bullied or dominated, as during the American and French revolutions, and the cultural revolutions of the 1960s."

FROM: The Righteous Mind, page 212
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At the beginning of the 19th century, it turned out that many Americans, being Americans, still wanted a promise of the adventure tale to end all adventure tales. They wanted to see Jesus for real, here on Earth, sooner rather than later, actually leading them in a sensational battle against monsters from Hell, a war they were guaranteed to win. In the mid-1800s, thanks to two little-known pioneers, those beliefs revived in America and became a central feature of the Christian faith of many millions of Americans.

The first of these crucial end-time heralds was William Miller, like Charles Finney an ordinary upstate New York guy who was not too involved in religion as a young man. But like John Wesley, he'd miraculously escaped fiery death (in a War of 1812 bombardment), which convinced him that God had intervened on his behalf. He became a born-again Baptist preacher, obsessed with a bit of the Bible attributed to the apocalyptic seer Daniel. By means of hundreds of end-is-nigh pamphlets and books and periodicals and tent meetings, Miller acquired almost a million American believers, as many as one in ten northeasterners. After his predicted end-of-the-world event in 1843 came and went, Miller and company decided they'd miscalculated the date and changed it to October 1844. But October turned out to be just another month, and the disappointed masses who kept the faith broke into different factions, one of which was the Seventh-day Adventists.

Around the same time, another Protestant minister was devising an even more complicated version of end-of-the-world prophecy. The Reverend John Nelson Darby, by means of two decades of cross-country preaching tours, permanently embedded the Bible's end-time prophecies into the heart of American Christianity. Darby more or less invented the idea of the rapture, a moment just before all hell breaks loose when Jesus will arrive incognito and take Christians away to Heavenly safety to wait out the earthly horrors. Then He and the lucky saints return to Earth for the happy ending. Darby was also a legitimate scholar, educated at Westminster School and Trinity College in Dublin, and author of an original translation of the New Testament. Americans often resist the idea that educated experts can tell them what is and isn't true, but from the Puritans on, we've also been more than happy for scholarly fellow believers to confirm our beliefs and make them more impressively complicated.

Although the Catholic Tocqueville didn't attend a camp meeting during his tour, he noted in Democracy in America that "strange sects arise which endeavor to strike out extraordinary paths to eternal happiness. Religious insanity is very common in the United States."

VIA: Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, page 64
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"Ja! Ich weiß, woher ich stamme!
Ungesättigt gleich der Flamme
Glühe und verzehr ich mich.
Licht wird alles, was ich fasse,
Kohle alles, was ich lasse:
Flamme bin ich sicherlich."

FROM: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, page 30
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