Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Longevity

"... when pundits discuss the future, the excitement around driverless cars and nanotechnology gives way to long faces when the topic moves to human longevity. It may be nice to live longer, but what about the effect on the economy? The question is absurd. Economic growth is about giving people more choices, and no choice is more earnestly sought than the chance of a longer life"

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Cultural Identity

"... does not think that cultural identity is therefore intrinsically valuable. On the contrary, he regards it as potentially harmful. In ‘A Dissent on Cultural Identity’, he sets out his position with brutal candour: ‘That cultural identity is “a permanent feature of human life” is trivially true. We all come from somewhere … But why must each of us be more than matter-of-fact in committing our lives to our history, our culture, our identity? They – culture, history, identity – have done many things for us and many things to us. What makes us affect gratitude instead of anger in return?’"

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke from the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence; Moral Imagination: Essays

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The politics of resentment and complaint

A strong central government is needed for politics to function and for the state to survive the empowerment of the people.

The curse of all stable societies is capture by elites.


Francis Fukuyama’s ‘Political Order and Political Decay’

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Drive by decision making

People often want to know enough to make decisions, but not enough to make good ones.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Our Dark Ages


How people lived, who they really are, and how they change over time are rarely entirely known. We encounter their artifacts from time to time and look upon them in mystification: their thoughts in writing, their visage and symbols, their memories through the mediation of how others remembered them. We glimpse at the occasional laughter, sorrows, and fears in lives that are shrouded in mystery.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Remix



Björk - All Is Full Of Love (Chris SU Remix)

Sunday, August 17, 2014