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somebodysittingthereallthetime:

"If you can see a thing whole," he said, "it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives… . But close up, a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death."
"That’s all right for Urras. Let it stay off there and be the moon — I don’t want it! But I’m not going to stand up on a gravestone and look down on life and say, ‘O lovely!’ I want to see it whole right in the middle of it, here, now. I don’t give a hoot for eternity."
"It’s nothing to do with eternity." said Shevek, grinning, a thin shaggy man of silver and shadow. "All you have to do to see life whole is to see it as mortal. I’ll die, you’ll die; how could we love each other otherwise? The sun’s going to burn out, what else keeps it shining?"

somebodysittingthereallthetime:

"If you can see a thing whole," he said, "it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives… . But close up, a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death."

"That’s all right for Urras. Let it stay off there and be the moon — I don’t want it! But I’m not going to stand up on a gravestone and look down on life and say, ‘O lovely!’ I want to see it whole right in the middle of it, here, now. I don’t give a hoot for eternity."

"It’s nothing to do with eternity." said Shevek, grinning, a thin shaggy man of silver and shadow. "All you have to do to see life whole is to see it as mortal. I’ll die, you’ll die; how could we love each other otherwise? The sun’s going to burn out, what else keeps it shining?"



oxane:

Farm In The Rape Field (by Aerial Photography)

oxane:

Farm In The Rape Field (by Aerial Photography)


likeafieldmouse:

Andy Freeberg - Guardians

perfectly portrays the absurdity of museums i usually feel



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"The artwork is saturated with invalidated meaning, and as such, works as a meaning-repellent.
The artwork’s message is emptiness, which is his own.
The recipient receives this emptiness.
The artwork makes space in the recipient, when the recipient “understands” its message.
The recipient then says, “beautiful”, which is also an empty statement.
Then, the sense of freedom appears, which is nothing more than emptiness, hole in the “recognized necessity’s” chain: space.
Space: for the not-yet-realized.
The artwork speaks of the things of the world so the things of the world disappear.
The artwork speaks of the things of the world so the talk about the things of the world disappears." - Miklós Erdélyi - Marly’s theories (part of it, poorly translated by me)

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"A műalkotás mintegy telítve van érvénytelenített jelentésekkel, és mint ilyen, jelentéstaszítóként működik.
A műalkotás üzenete az az üresség, ami a sajátja.
A befogadó ezt az ürességet fogadja be.
A műalkotás helyet készít a befogadóban, amikor üzenetét a befogadó “megérti”.
A befogadó ilyenkor azt mondja: “szép”, ami szintén üres kijelentés.
Ilyenkor megjelenik a szabadság érzete, ami semmi más, mint üresség, lyuk a “felismert szükségszerűség” láncolatában: hely.
Hely: a még-meg-nem-valósult számára.
A műalkotás úgy beszél a világ dolgairól, hogy a világ dolgai eltűnnek.
A műalkotás úgy beszél a világ dolgairól, hogy a világ dolgairól való beszéd eltűnik." - Erdélyi Miklós - Marly-i tézisek (részlet)

tarzanfaszaeros:

a kedvenc aluljáróm Pesten

tarzanfaszaeros:

a kedvenc aluljáróm Pesten


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"Everyone has had the experience of looking through a window and suddenly catching sight of his own reflection staring back at him from the glass. At that point, he can use the glass as a window, to see the world outside, or as a mirror, but he can’t do both at the same time. (…)
For the purposes of this analogy, imagine that the goal of meditation is to see your own reflection clearly in each moment. Most spiritual traditions don’t realize that this can be done directly, and they articulate their paths of practice in ways that suggest that if you only paid more attention to everything beyond the glass - trees, sky, traffic - eventually your face would come into view. Looking out the window is arguably better than closing your eyes or leaving the room entirely - at least you are facing in the right direction - but the practice is based on a fundamental misunderstanding. You don’t realize that you are looking through the very thing you are trying to find in every moment. Given better information, you could just walk up to the window and see your face in the first instant." - Sam Harris

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"Krauss: You can’t disprove an unprovable hypothesis…
Dennett: …but you can render it so preposterously unlikely that anybody who still takes it seriously has a serious problem.
Krauss: And science has definetly done that! (…) Every organized religion based on scripture and doctrine is inconsistent with science, so that’s all garbage and nonsense. That you can say with definitive authority and I don’t like to use the word authority." - Lawrence Krauss + Daniel Dennett

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"When you refuse to think you call it god." - Lawrence Krauss

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"I get nervous whenever I hear people talking about ‘the god hypothesis’. Because I think that’s conceding too much. It seems to me, in order to talk about a hypothesis, you really have to have something fairly well articulated, coherent, that makes predictions that are actually falsifiable. All that sort of stuff. And concepts of god, first of all, are heterogeneous. Let’s not forget, it’s not like all people on earth believe in a particular kind of god. There is all sorts of stuff out there. But all these concepts are incoherent, badly put together, if put together at all. So, to say that science defeats the god hypothesis is actually even to give too much to the concept of god. There is nothing to defeat there. It’s an incoherent, badly articulated concept. Why do you use a sledgehammer to demolish it?" - Massimo Pigliucci

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"I hate it when people say “just the semantics”. Semantics is very important. Semantics is about language and meaning. If we don’t agree on the meaning, then we’re not having a discussion." - Massimo Pigliucci

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"All the propaganda methods are counteractable, actually quite straightforwardly, by simply informing people about those very methods and getting them tuned in to the fact that an attempt is being made to manipulate them." - Daniel Dennett