brick quote(s), #12

duminică, 2 sept. 2012, 14:51

In all major socializing forces you will find an underlying movement to gain and maintain power through the use of words. From witch doctor to priest to bureaucrat it is all the same. A governed populace must be conditioned to accept power-words as actual things, to confuse the symbolized system with the tangible universe. In the maintenance of such a power structure, certain symbols are kept out of the reach of common understanding — symbols such as those dealing with economic manipulation or those which define the local interpretation of sanity. Symbol-secrecy of this form leads to the development of fragmented sub-languages, each being a signal that its users are accumulating some form of power. With this insight into a power process, our Imperial Security Force must be ever alert to the formation of sub-languages.

  • „Lectures to the Arrakeen War College” by The Princess Irulan (mai mult…)

corelație versus cauzalitate

vineri, 4 mart. 2011, 19:15

De când cu… un moment. Deci, să începem articolul cu un deci. Nord-americanii (și nu numai ei, dar în speță aceștia) au de o bucată bună de timp o vorbă, care sună în felul următor: „correlation does not imply causality causation”. În plus, în ciuda faptului că declarația de mai înainte are o bază logică solidă, aceștia au folosit-o și au răsfolosit-o până ce săraca propoziție a ajuns să se uzeze; în fine.

Continuăm articolul nostru cu o ilustrație care va servi drept (un fel de) motto, de la Randall citire:

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brick quote(s), #4

duminică, 4 nov. 2007, 20:17

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.
People are supposed to fuck. It is our main purpose in life, and all those other activities—playing the trumpet, vacuuming carpets, reading mystery novels, eating chocolate mousse—are just ways of passing the time until you can fuck again.