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If your whole world looked like your favourite paintings or drawings, you’d need a museum with plain white walls and very limited size fragments of that world to command your attention and to start to appreciate it, right?


upper half of Odilon Redon’s The Apparition

upper half of Odilon Redon’s The Apparition


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"Mahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: “Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.” Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept." - Sam Harris - Letter To a Christian Nation

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"Why always means how, unless you assume there’s some intentionality. That’s the assumption of why, but then you’re assuming the answer before you ask the question." - Lawrence Krauss

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"Probably there’s no practical application I can think of to any of the work I do, and that’s fine with me. The point is, people never ask what’s the practical significance of a Mozart symphony or a Picasso painting. It’s part of what makes being human worth being human and the ideas of science are among most beautiful intellectual discoveries humanity’s ever come up with. It doesn’t need anything practical. But, the idea that particles can spontaneously pop into existence is a very important practical aspect of all quantum mechanics, and in fact (…) in certain transistors and semiconductors it’s an integral part of modern technology. So it does have practical applications." - Lawrence Krauss

kreysa:

DREAMS, AKIRA KUROSAWA


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"To me, the offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith, that can’t give way, is an offer of something not worth having. And I urge you to look at those of you that tell you, those people who tell you at your age that you’re dead till you believe as they do - what a terrible thing to be telling to children - and as you can only live by accepting an absolute authority. Don’t think of that as a gift, think of it as a poisoned chalice, push it aside however tempting it is, take the risk of thinking yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way." - Christopher Hitchens


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"The clear awareness of having been born into a losing struggle need not lead one into despair. I do not especially like the idea that one day I shall be tapped on the shoulder and informed, not that the party is over but that it is most assuredly going on - only henceforth in my absence. Much more horrible, though, would be the announcement that the party was continuing forever, and that I was forbidden to leave. Whether it was a hellishly bad party or a party that was perfectly heavenly in every respect, the moment that it became eternal and compulsory would be the precise moment that it began to pall." - Christopher Hitchens - Hitch-22: A Memoir

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"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism." - Christopher Hitchens - The Portable Atheist

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"You know what the buddhist says to the hot dog vendor? He says make me one with everything. But that’s only part one, because the buddhist then hands over a fifty dollar bill, and waits while he munches. Nothing happens. He says to the hot dog vendor: What about my change? And the hot-dog vendor says change comes only from within. I myself have never heard anything more profound then that." - Christopher Hitchens


poopshitaids:

Claude Monet , Sunset at Pourville (Coucher de soleil à Pourville), 1882

poopshitaids:

Claude Monet , Sunset at Pourville (Coucher de soleil à Pourville), 1882