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Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand. (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

He knows that there are in the soul tints more bewildering, more numberless, and more nameless than the colours of an autumn forest... Yet he seriously believes that these things can every one of them, in all their tones and semitones, in all their blends and unions, be accurately represented by an arbitrary system of grunts and squeals. He believes that an ordinary civilized stockbroker can really produce out of this own inside noises which denote all the mysteries of memory and all the agonies of desire. (G. K. Chesterton)

If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a cross between a wolf howl, a photon, and a dribble of dark molasses. But what it really is, as near as I can tell, is a packet of information. It's a program, a piece of hyperspatial software designed explicitly to interface with the mystery. (Tom Robbins)

Here there is a sort of question, call it historical, of which we are only glimpsing today, the conception, the formation, the gestation, the labor. I employ these words, I admit, with a glance toward the business of childbearing — but also with a glance toward those who, in a company from which I do not exclude myself, turn their eyes away in the face of the as yet unnamable, which is proclaiming itself and which can do so, as is necessary whenever a birth is in the offing, only under the species of the non-species in the formless, mute, infant, and terrifying form of monstrosity. (Jacques Derrida)

I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to studypainting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. (John Adams in a letter to his wife, 1780)

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. (William Burroughs)

The price of transformation is eternal vigilance. (Phil Hine)

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. (Gospel of Thomas)

The only way to clear muddy water is to leave it alone. (Aleister Crowley)

Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues. (Anatole France)

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. (Thoreau)

All life is conflict. Every breath that you draw represents a victory in the struggle of the whole Universe (Aleister Crowley)

In a steamboat the engine must first overcome its own inertia before it can attack the resistance of the water. (Aleister Crowley)

Au revoir, jewelled alligators and white hotels, hallucinatory forests, farewell.
(J.G. Ballard)

To argue about it only causes us to fall into the pit of Because, and there to perish with the dogs of Reason. (Aleister Crowley)

What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. (Carlos Castaneda)

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it. (Carlos Castaneda)

In a world where death is the hunter there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions. (Carlos Castaneda)

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. (Carlos Castaneda)

The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive. (Carlos Castaneda)

If it is true that the self is not a thing, but a process, then it is also true that that the tragedy of the ego dissolves, because strictly speaking, nobody is ever born, and nobody ever dies. (Thomas Metzinger)

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. (Robert Frost)

You can't take credit for your talents, but it matters that you use them. You can't really be blamed for your weaknesses, but it matters that you correct them. So pride and shame don't make a lot of sense in the final analysis. But they weren't much fun anyway; these are isolating emotions. (Sam Harris)

Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I’ve understood the art, a punch is just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. (Bruce Lee)

There are things that cannot ever occur with any precision. They are too big and too magnificent to be contained in mere facts. They are merely trying to occur, they are checking whether the ground of reality can carry them. And they quickly withdraw, fearing to lose their integrity in the frailty of realization. (Bruno Schulz)

In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold") is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual's liminal stage, participants "stand at the threshold" between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes. (Wikipedia)

One great cause of failure is lack of concentration. (Bruce Lee)

The biological object is made of time as much as it is made of space and matter. (Terence McKenna)

The obstacle on your path is a route indicator — not a stop sign. (Willem-Peter Bierman)

Learning is a form of remembering. (Plato)

The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements — the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution — weren’t created at the beginning of time; they were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. (Lawrence M. Krauss)

The only problem with seeing too much is that it makes you insane. (Phaedrus)

Immortality is but ubiquity in time.
(Herman Melville)

Culture replaces authentic feeling with words. As an example of this, imagine an infant lying in its cradle, and the window is open, and into the room comes something, marvelous, mysterious, glittering, shedding light of many colors, movement, sound, a transformative hierophany of integrated perception and the child is enthralled and then the mother comes into the room and she says to the child, "that's a bird, baby, that's a bird," instantly the complex wave of the angel peacock irridescent transformative mystery is collapsed, into the word. All mystery is gone, the child learns this is a bird, this is a bird, and by the time we're five or six years old all the mystery of reality has been carefully tiled over with words. This is a bird, this is a house, this is the sky, and we seal ourselves in within a linguistic shell of disempowered perception. What the psychedelics do is they burst apart this cultural envelope of confinement and return us to the legacy and birthright of the organism. (Terence McKenna)

You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do not bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear. (Victor Hugo)

She has neither language nor discourse; but she creates tongues and hearts, by which she feels and speaks (Goethe)

There is now a window where once there was only a wall. (Ben Cerveny)

The terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them. (Emerson)

At birth you receive a loan, consciousness and light borrowed from the void, leaving a hole in the emptiness. (Schopenhauer)

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. (Picasso)

The meaning of your communication is the response you get. (Gregory Bateson)

Increasingly, the individual felt himself to be a single flicker between the teeming gulf of the never-more and the boundless void of the not-yet. (Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men)

It was much as though a blind race, after studying physics, should invent organs of sight. (Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men)

I don't think about technique. The ideas dictate everything. (David Lynch)

The further within myself I go, the farther out to the world I can reach. (Chaiwat Thirapantu)

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. (Victor Hugo)

Who meets the dawn owns the day. (Stewart Brand)

Thou shalt not distort, delay, or sequester information. (Donella Meadows)

You should never be comfortable, man. Being comfortable fouled up a lot of musicians (Miles Davis)

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. (Voltaire)

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. (Terence McKenna)

Specialization is for insects. (Robert Heinlein)

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago; the next best time is now. (Chinese saying)

An image of thought called philosophy has been formed historically and it effectively stops people from thinking. (Deleuze & Parnet)

He had achieved harmony simply by accepting it. (Dune)

The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works (James Joyce)

Not all those who wander are lost. (Tolkien)

A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, consuming myself. (Bruce Lee)

You get the conception of an infinitely sensitive and intelligent man laying his ear to the earth and writing verbatim every delicate response and flux that twitches his being (William Everson)

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. (Albert Camus)

After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die. (Nietzsche)

I have no special message. I wish I did. It would be great if I had one. (Andy Warhol)

The human body is a knot in time. It is a non-thermal dynamic state of equilibrium maintained by the miricle of metabolism. Metabolism is a slow controlled chemical burning of organic material. A so subtle form of burning that the energy is trapped in various membranes and cytochrome cascades and put to the work of organism. (Terence McKenna)

Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value. (Hermann Hesse)

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us. (Hermann Hesse)

Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke. (Hermann Hesse)

You see, I have made a great discovery. I no longer believe in anything. Objects don’t exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. (Georges Braque)

Truth suffers from too much analysis. (Frank Herbert)

Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe. (Heraclitus)

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. (Frank Herbert, Dune)

Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road. (Stewart Brand)

If you're going through hell, keep going. (Winston Churchill)

To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement. Whoever defeats the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus ... thereby it becomes its enemies. (Philip K. Dick)

Well done is better than well said. (Benjamin Franklin)

It was only possible for me to do it, he said, because it was necessary. (Hermann Hesse, Journey to the East)

The words of truth are always paradoxical. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. (Lao Tzu)

The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague. It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations. (André Breton)

Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. (Eckhart Tolle)

... as though in a miraculous hour it has become aware of the law that shapes it and begins to strive toward the fulfillment of its being. (Hermann Hesse)

The man who says it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt the man who is trying to do it. (Massimo Banzi)

Art exists because reality is neither real nor significant. (J.G. Ballard)

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. (Nietzsche)

To forgive is to give up all hope for a better past. (Buddhist saying)

For we are only the rind and the leaf. The great death, that each of us carries inside, is the fruit. Everything enfolds it. (R.M. Rilke)

I was walking along a path with two friends — the sun was setting — suddenly the sky turned blood red — I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence — there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city — my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety — and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature. (Edvard Munch)

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity. (Edvard Munch)

Work is more fun than fun. (Noel Coward)

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. (Kierkegaard)

Success has a thousand parents.

The most interesting trend in the development of the Internet is not how it is changing people's ways of thinking but how it is adapting to the way that people think. (Steven Pinker)

I want to stay as close on the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. Big, undreamed-of things — the people on the edge see them first. (Kurt Vonnegut)

If it works, it's obsolete. (Marshall Mcluhan)

Poets and artists live on frontiers. They have no feedback, only feedforward. They have no identities. They are probes. (Marshall McLuhan)

In network theory, a node’s relationship to other networks is more important than its own uniqueness. Similarly, today we situate ourselves less as individuals and more as the product of multiple networks composed of both humans and things. (Kazys Varnelis)

Like the artist, the networked self is an aggregator of information flows, a collection of links to others, a switching machine (Kazys Varnelis)

The source of the new is the random. (Gregory Bateson)

The kind of conversation I like is one in which you are prepared to emerge a slightly different person. (Theodore Zeldin)

Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity. The activity of the intuition consists in making spontaneous judgements which are not the result of conscious trains of reasoning. The exercise of ingenuity in mathematics consists in aiding the intuition through suitable arrangements of propositions, and perhaps geometrical figures or drawings. (Alan Turing)

Giving something a name can be just the same as inventing it. (Brian Eno)

There is no path, paths are made by walking. (Antonio Machado)

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come. (Rabindrananth Tagore)

Separated from the familiar, confronted with the unfamiliar, and reflexed only by the brain's mechanical feedback, unthinking humans — not realizing that there are no straight lines, only wavy ones, and not realizing that waves can only be propagated by positive-negative oscillating — find their straight linear strivings forever frustrated by the wave system realities of Universe. (Buckminster Fuller)

An important aspect of design is the degree to which the object involves you in its own completion. (Brian Eno)

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. (Albert Einstein)

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. (Thoreau)

I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God. (Carl Jung)

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. (Henry David Thoreau)

Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize until you have tried to make it precise. (Bertrand Russell)

It’s not denial. I’m just very particular about the reality I choose to accept. (Calvin)

Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for. (Douglas Adams)

There are no facts, only interpretations. (Nietzsche)

The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while always arriving. Saves on introductions and goodbyes. The ride does not require an explanation, just occupants. (Boat Man, Waking Life)

We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers. (Carl Sagan)

There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear. (Daniel Dennett)

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. (Buckminster Fuller)

A society whose whole idea is to eliminate suffering and bring its members the greatest amount of comfort and pleasure is doomed to be destroyed. (Thomas Merton)

If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is (Von Neumann)

Also, common everyday things may seem to be abnormally beautiful or interesting. Alexander Shulgin reported that mountains that he had observed many times before appeared to be so beautiful that he could barely stand looking at them.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. (Mark Twain)

Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofstadter's Law into account.

Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong. (Robert Anton Wilson)

Talent hits a target no one else can hit, while genius hits a target that no one else can see. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

We're driving faster and faster into the future, trying to steer by using only the rear-view mirror. (Marshall McLuhan)

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty. (Frank Herbert)

The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens — but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it's love and love alone that really matters. (Tom Robbins)

Uniquely in us, nature opens her eyes and sees that she exists. (Raymond Tallis)

We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. (Anais Nin)

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence. (Napoleon)

The past does not repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes. (Mark Twain)

The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray. (Aldous Huxley, Brave New World)

Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as it is for the body. Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead. (Aldous Huxley)

I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery. (Aldous Huxley)

Common sense is what tells you that the world is flat. (Malaclypse the Younger)

A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. (Frank Herbert)

We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. (Charles Bukowski)

To avoid defeat by distraction or avoidance, never abandon your principles or give up progress for the sake of defense. Deal with attacks as quickly and efficiently as possible, then get on with your life and don't dwell on the past. Don't hold regrets or grudges or dig up the dead, and don't succumb to those individuals who try to open your wounds. (Montalk)

Remain non-judgmental, observant, impeccable, and calm-this keeps your emotional frequency elevated and stable, ensures that you don't overreact, and helps you focus on resolving the situation with finesse. (Montalk)

Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. For in a civilization equipped with immense technological power, the sense of alienation between man and nature leads to the use of technology in a hostile spirit - to the "conquest" of nature instead of intelligent co-operation with nature. (Alan Watts)

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. (Anais Nin)

We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye. (Carlos Castaneda)

A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. (Carlos Castaneda)

Life, for ever dying to be born afresh, for ever young and eager, will presently stand upon this earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars. (H. G. Wells)

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. (Einstein)

If you haven't taken enough that you think that you may have done too much, you did too little (McKenna)

Since it is not easy for you to recognize other varieties of intelligence around you, your most advanced theories of politics and society have advanced only as far as the notion of collectivism. But beyond the cohesion of the members of a species into a single social organism there lie richer and even more baroque evolutionary possibilities. (McKenna)

Uniquely in us, nature opens her eyes and sees that she exists. (Raymond Tallis)

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Pay attention. And keep breathing. (Terence McKenna)

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

Time is the moving image of eternity (Plato)

I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty into riches, adversity into prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Achilles; fortune hath not one place to hit me. (Sir Thomas Browne)

Sooner or later the intelligent human mind realizes that reality is an illusion. This operates on many levels: perceptual, historical, political, molecular, spiritual. Depending on knowledge, circumstances and belief system — our reality tunnel — we will each have a preferred method and subject of investigation. The scientifically inclined may turn to quantum physics, string theory and holography for answers. The religious temperament may begin to unravel the outer allegories of their sacred texts to get to the inner mysteries of true enlightenment. The social historian may realize that realpolitik, the private military-industrial complex and supra-national globalist agendas influence world affairs more than any seemingly democratic government. In the end however, all roads lead to the same destination: pretty much everything around us is not the way we thought it was. (The Cleaver)

One fundamental principle of the illusion is the false impression of separation; the idea that we are somehow separate from the material things in our world. This is still the foundation for much of our thinking today. Well to distil a thousand learned books into one comment: we are not separate. At the deepest level everything is connected to everything else. Quantum physicist David Bohm (1917-1992) postulated that the ultimate nature of physical reality is not a collection of separate objects (as it appears), but rather it is an undivided whole that is in perpetual dynamic flux. Bohm was reinterpreting ancient knowledge and translating it into a modern quantum vocabulary. This was his remembrance: "at a deeper level [matter and consciousness] are actually inseparable and interwoven... Deep down the consciousness of mankind is one." We are not separate from the things in our world and we are not separate from each other. Bohm called this gigantic flow of energy and consciousness the holomovement. (The Cleaver)

Bill Hicks doing a mock newsreader piece: "Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration... that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There's no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather."

If we believe that consciousness is the result of patterns of neurons in the brain, our thoughts, emotions, and memories could be replicated in moving assemblies of Tinkertoys. The Tinkertoy minds would have to be very big to represent the complexity of our minds, but it nevertheless could be done, in the same way people have made computers out of 10,000 Tinkertoys. In principle, our minds could be hypostatized in patterns of twigs, in the movements of leaves, or in the flocking of birds. The philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz liked to imagine a machine capable of conscious experiences and perceptions. He said that even if this machine were as big as a mill and we could explore inside, we would find "nothing but pieces which push one against the other and never anything to account for a perception. If our thoughts and consciousness do not depend on the actual substances in our brains but rather on the structures, patterns, and relationships between parts, then Tinkertoy minds could think. If you could make a copy of your brain with the same structure but using different materials, the copy would think it was you. This seemingly materialistic approach to mind does not diminish the hope of an afterlife, of transcendence, of communion with entities from parallel universes, or even of God. Even Tinkertoy minds can dream, seek salvation and bliss-and pray. (Cliff Pickover)

We talk far too much. We should talk less and draw more. I personally should like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic Nature, communicate everything I have to say in sketches. That fig tree, this little snake, the cocoon on my window sill quietly awaiting its future - all these are momentous signatures. (Goethe)

A person able to decipher their meaning properly would soon be able to dispense with the written or the spoken word altogether. The more I think of it, there is something futile, mediocre, even (I am tempted to say) foppish about speech. By contrast, how the gravity of Nature and he silence startle you, when you stand face to face with her, undistracted, before a barren ridge or in the desolation of ancient hills. (Goethe)

We are components of an immense, mind-boggling computational engine that has struggled since the beginning of time to fuse spirit, mind and matter. Your life, and the lives of everyone before and after you, is fed into this process, and used to formulate the platform for new evolution. (Zach @ Alchemically Braindamaged)

Each of your cells contains your entire genetic code.

The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? (Henry David Thoreau)

The Total Perspective Vortex derives its picture of the whole Universe on the principle of extrapolated matter analyses. Since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation - every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake. (Douglas Adams)

Janine M. Benyus' 9 basic principles of biomimicry:

1. Nature runs on sunlight
2. Nature uses only the energy it needs
3. Nature fits form to function
4. Nature recycles everything
5. Nature rewards cooperation
6. Nature banks on diversity
7. Nature demands local expertise
8. Nature curbs excesses from within
9. Nature taps the power of limits

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over he became a butterfly.

Bayesian probability is an interpretation of probability suggested by Bayesian theory, which holds that the concept of probability can be defined as the degree to which a person believes a proposition. Bayesian theory also suggests that Bayes' theorem can be used as a rule to infer or update the degree of belief in light of new information. (Wikipedia)

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. (Michael Pollan, NYT)

The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet. (William Gibson)

A physicist is the atom's way of knowing about atoms. (George Wald)

The nucleus of an atom is comparable in scale to a fly in the middle of a sports stadium (and the next atom is in the next sports stadium).

Every time you click on an icon, he explained, the computer's operating system decides how to allocate memory space, based on some deterministic instructions. But, Dr. Lloyd said, "If I ask how long will it take to boot up five minutes from now, the operating system will say 'I don't know, wait and see, and I'll make decisions and let you know.' (Seth Lloyd)

...as when an artist envisions a teapot and then sculpts it — a concept sometimes known as “downward causation.” (Dennis Overbye)

The most intense moments the universe has ever known are the next 15 seconds. (Terence McKenna)

To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it. (G.K. Chesterton)

It seems that truth is progressive approximation in which the relative fraction of our spontaneously tolerated residual error constantly diminishes. (Bucky Fuller)

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. (Winston Churchill)

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. (Eric Hoffer)

When I was 16, I thought my father was the most ignorant ass that there ever was. But by the time I was 21, I was surprised to discover just how much he had learned in only 5 years. (Mark Twain)

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether. (H.S. Thompson)

Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends. (Joseph Campbell)

There was nothing there...just me and...everything. (OZ, post trip)

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. (Bucky Fuller)

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform. (Mark Twain)

People often find it easier to be a result of the past than a cause of the future. (via Mike Ferris)

Common sense is what tells you that the world is flat. (Malaclypse the Younger)

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair. (Douglas Adams)

Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. (Einstein)

Don't oppose forces, use them. (Bucky Fuller)

How do I know the past is not a fiction, conceived to reconcile the difference between my state of mind and the present? (Douglas Adams)

Let us declare nature to be legitimate. All plants should be declared legal. The notion of illegal plants is obnoxious and ridiculous. (Terence McKenna)

If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... How would I be? What would I do? (Buckminster Fuller)

...And so what I would call a basic problem we've got to go through first, is to understand that there are no such things as things. That is to say separate things, or separate events. That that is only a way of talking. If you can understand this, you're going to have no further problems. I once asked a group of high school children `What do you mean by a thing?' First of all, they gave me all sorts of synonyms. They said `It's an object,' which is simply another word for a thing; it doesn't tell you anything about what you mean by a thing. Finally, a very smart girl from Italy, who was in the group, said a thing is a noun. And she was quite right. A noun isn't a part of nature, it's a part of speech. There are no nouns in the physical world. There are no separate things in the physical world, either. (Alan Watts)

A meme is an idea, a pattern of information that replicates via human contact. All memes spread and multiply in a way that can be likened to cell division. (Richard Dawkins, 1976)

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. (Buckminster Fuller)

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. (Marshall McLuhan)

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. (Goethe)

People are so alienated from their own soul that when they meet their soul they think it comes from another star system. (Terence McKenna)

Some kind of dialog is now going on between individual human beings and the sum total of human knowledge and nothing can stop it. (Terence McKenna)

Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap, lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. (Alan Watts)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead)

There is only one time in the history of each planet when its inhabitants first wire up its innumerable parts to make one large Machine...You and I are alive at this moment. (Kevin Kelly)

At one point consciousness-altering devices like the microscope and telescope were criminalized for exactly the same reasons that psychedelic plants were banned in later years. They allow us to peer into bits and zones of Chaos. (Timothy Leary)

You must be the change you want to see in the world. (Gandhi)

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

through three cheese trees three free fleas flew. while these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew. freezy breeze made these three trees freeze. freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze. that's what made these three free fleas sneeze. (Dr Seuss)

Responsibility starts with a satisfactory coalition between one's self and the demanding 10^12 cells of one's own body. (John C Lilly)

To keep an open mind and at the same time a firm enough belief in certain essential metaprograms is not easy; in a sense we are all victims of the previous metaprograms which have been laid down by other humans long before us. (John C Lilly)

The child is expected to sit on a hard seat, not to move, scrape his feet, or gaze out the window, to listen, to answer questions by raising his hand, to draw neat lines in a book and write or script-print on a single blue line in exactly the same way as all his peers. He may be permitted to ask questions but, for the most part he is expected to conform. The teacher teaches, the child listens. He soon appreciates the advantages of conformity. (O A Oeser)

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. In our endeavour to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears it ticking, but he has no way of opening the case. If he is ingenious he may form some picture of the mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations. He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility of the meaning of such a comparison. (Albert Einstein)

This universe is simply a source of energy and matter with structure to it — a dim candle to explore the infinity of abstract possibility. (mungojelly)

Life imitates art (Oscal Wilde)

A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times, may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes of nature. (Nikola Tesla)

Emergence of advanced technologies has been overwhelmingly bad for many of the less intelligent species on Earth. We are massacring millions of wild animals and destroying their habitat. We keep billions more domestic farm animals under inhumane, painful, plague-breeding conditions in increasingly vast numbers. (Douglas Mulhall)

In the 21st century, despite tremendous progress, we still do amazingly stupid things. (Douglas Mulhall)

Cities are no more artificial than Bee-hives. The internet is as natural as a spider's web. We ourselves are technological devices, invented by ancient bacterial communities as means of genetic survival — we are part of an intricate network that comes from the original takeover of the Earth. Our power and intelligence do not belong specifically to us, but to all life. (John Gray, Straw Dogs)

In every human brain there are as many neurons as there are galaxies in the known universe-about 100 billion, drawn from 10,000 different cell types with threads of neural interconnections that number in the trillions. Memories are made of this gray matter. So are inspiration and imagination. (Robert Lee Hotz)

The brain is a three-pound mass you can hold in your hand that can conceive of a universe a hundred-billion light-years across. (Marian Diamond)

Imagination is one of the forces of nature. (Wallace Stevens)

Matter is mostly empty space, interrupted by a few islands of substance; and those points of substance are, in turn, themselves made mostly of empty space. Wherever one looks for a final, tiny monad of solidity, one will find instead the same recurring proportion of absence and presence.

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. (Buckminster Fuller)

Dare to be naïve. (Buckminster Fuller)

You either make sense or you make money. (Buckminster Fuller)

I live on Earth at present, and I don't know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing-a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process-an integral function of the universe. (Buckminster Fuller)

We know we are more than just neurons firing. Or, we think we are, while the neurons are firing.

Relaxing will always provide a more enjoyable ride than struggling. However, it may be advisable to carry a flotation device for times of fatigue. Imagi

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. (Albert Einstein)

Nothing is harder, yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men and women treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born. (Hermann Hesse)

Eventually, everything connects. (Charles Eames)

The relentless quest for meaning distracts us from experience. We get caught up in the abstractions, lost in the maps. Strip away meaning and language and the heavenly kingdom begins to reveal itself to the phenomenal perceptual machine called the human brain. (Chris Arkenberg)

In those subtle moments we sometimes drift into, when time slips away and life stands silent and majestic, words cease to spill from our mouths or even bubble up from that source within. The warming wholeness ensues at the sheer experience of it all: we marvel at the vast beautiful complexity of creation rolling around and within us. It's likely that every human has experienced this feeling at least once in some form. It almost seems hardwired, like a key back into the garden. (Chris Arkenberg)

Earth is traveling at about 18.6 miles per second around the sun. Our solar system is traveling around the center of our galaxy at about 143 miles per second. Our galaxy is traveling at about 397 miles per second.

The path of least resistance for most unwary souls is to be caught up in the obligations pertaining to cycles of birth, family, children, and the roles we are taught or forced to assume. In this mode the freedom of disconnection alludes us. But it is through the gradual disconnection to our worldly attachments that allows us to realize how trivial jealousy, deceit, anger and acquisition are in relation to the big picture of existence which extends well beyond our occluded perceptions. True freedom comes when one is free of these distracting imperfections and can find forgiveness towards those who have wittingly or not caused us harm or pain. (Henry Ramsey)

You can't fix everything. Nor should you. Simply get your shit together to the point where your life is not a train wreck and move onto higher realms of experience and intent. (Alchemically Braindamaged)

You'll always be able to find a problem if you look for one. You'll always be able to find some way in which you are not functioning well with your surroundings. I wouldn't recommend spending your whole life on it though. (Alchemically Braindamaged)

(...) a hypnotic principle called time distortion. If you can trick a person into visualizing an outcome, then their subconscious mind treats it as it were already happening and they don't resist it. All you did was provide the raw data and the timeframe. So if you carefully frame the data and the time frame you could make pretty much anyone accept pretty much anything. (Alchemically Braindamaged)

Embrace the alien within (Rene Daalder)

There was a young lady named Bright Whose speed was far faster than light She set out one day In a relative way And returned home the previous night. (Arthur Buller)

If two people dream the same dream it ceases to be an illusion; the basic test that distinguishes reality from hallucination is the consensus gentium, that one other or several others see it too. (Philip K. Dick)

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. (Douglas Adams)

In the beginning the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. (Douglas Adams)

Each of us is one of six billion people on a planet circling one of 200 billion or so stars in the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of 100 billion or so galaxies in the observable universe, which many physicists believe is but one of a near-infinity of alternative realities in the multiverse. If the Earth were the size of a grain of sand, then our Milky Way galaxy would be 5,000,000 miles across. There are at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe. What we see of the cosmos when we look up at the night sky is essentially nothing, just a few thousand stars that lie near us in our corner of a single galaxy.

Incredibly complex systems turn out to be governed by few and very easily comprehensible rules, where the complexity is totally invisible until the system is examined as a whole. (Wikipedia)

Imagine awaking from a torpor having forgotten how your friends and family see you. Perhaps, unchained from everyone's expectations for how you ought to behave, you could be whoever you liked. (Dr. Christian Jarrett)

When it comes to interpreting other people's behaviour, human beings invariably make the mistake of overestimating the importance of fundamental character traits and underestimating the importance of the situation and context... The reason that most of us seem to have a consistent character is that most of us are really good at controlling our environment. (Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point)

When a man starts to learn, it happens very slowly-bit by bit at first, then in big chunks. And his thoughts soon clash. What he learns is never what he pictured, or imagined, and so he begins to be afraid. Learning is never what one expects. Every step of learning is a new task, and the fear the man is experiencing begins to mount mercilessly, unyieldingly. His purpose becomes a battlefield -And what can he do to overcome fear? The answer is very simple. He must not run away. He must defy his fear, and in spite of it he must take the next step in learning, and the next, and the next. He must be fully afraid, and yet he must not stop. That is the rule! And a moment will come when his first enemy retreats. The man begins to feel sure of himself. His intent becomes stronger. Learning is no longer a terrifying task. (Carlos Castaneda)

Without deviation from the norm, 'progress' is not possible. (Frank Zappa)

A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open. (Frank Zappa)

Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny. (Frank Zappa)

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. Based on this quotation, Huxley assumes that the human brain filters reality in order not to let pass all impressions and images, which would be unbearable to process. According to his view, drugs can reduce this filter, or "open these doors of perception," as he puts it metaphorically. In order to verify his theory, Huxley takes mescaline and writes down his thoughts and feelings. What he notices is that everyday objects lose their functionality and suddenly exist "as such." Space and dimension become irrelevant and the perception seems to be enlarged, overwhelming and at times even offending because the person is unable to cope with the enormous amount of impressions. (Wikipedia on Huxley)

Outside is pure energy and colorless substance, all of the rest happens through the mechanism of our senses. Our eyes see just a small fraction of the light in the world. It is a trick to make a colored world, which does not exist outside of human beings. (Albert Hofmann)

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach. (Carl Jung)

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. (Proust)

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. (Francis Bacon)

A psychedelic experience is a journey to new realms of consciousness. The scope and content of the experience is limitless, but its characteristic features are the transcendence of verbal concepts, of space-time dimensions, and of the ego or identity. Such experiences of enlarged consciousness can occur in a variety of ways: sensory deprivation, yoga exercises, disciplined meditation, religious or aesthetic ecstasies, or spontaneously. Most recently they have become available to anyone through the ingestion of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, etc. Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience. It merely acts as a chemical key - it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures. (Timothy Leary)

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Donnie: "How do you do that?" Frank: "I can do anything I want. And so can you."

A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting. (Carlos Castaneda)

The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity. (Carlos Castaneda)

Do you know at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know that you can use that eternity if you so desire? (Carlos Castaneda)

No person is important enough to make me angry. (Carlos Castaneda)

There is a positive fascination today with the virtual and all its technologies. If it genuinely is a mode of disappearance, this would be an — obscure, but deliberate — choice on the part of the species itself: the decision to clone itself, lock, stock and barrel, in another universe; to disappear as the human race, properly speaking, in order to perpetuate itself in an artificial species that would have much more efficient, much more operational attributes...beyond the virtual, I see nothing but what Freud called `nirvana', an exchange of molecular substance and nothing more. All that would remain would be a perfect wave system, which would join up with the system of particles in a purely physical universe that no longer had anything human, moral, or - obviously - metaphysical about it. In this way, we would have returned to a material stage, with a senseless circulation of the elements... (Passwords, Jean Baudrillard)

A pure and resonant experience is only as simple as the greater context where it is appreciated. (Sam Hecht)

Nothing is intrinsically valuable; the value of everything is attributed to it, assigned to it from outside the thing itself, by people. (Oscar Wilde)

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. (Bertrand Russell)

On attaining religious experience: "This task is so exacting and its fulfillment so advantageous, that he forgets himself in the process, losing sight of his instinctual nature and putting his own conception of himself in place of his real being. In this way he slips imperceptibly into a purely conceptual world where the products of his conscious activity progressively replace reality." (Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self)

"To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large- this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual." (Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception)

"There are moments, and it is only a matter of five or six seconds, when you feel the presence of the eternal harmony...a terrible thing is the frightful clearness with which it manifests itself and the rapture with which it fills you. If this state were to last more than five seconds, the soul could not endure it and would have to disappear. During these five seconds I live a whole human existence, and for that I would give my whole life and not think that I was paying too dearly...." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Reflecting on my experience, I find myself agreeing with the eminent Cambridge philosopher, Dr. C. D. Broad... "The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful. (Aldous Huxley)

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious, it is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. (Einstein)

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts...A graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding... (William Gibson, Neuromancer, 1984)

We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself. (Carl Sagan)

For most people it's a life-changing shock to learn that their everyday reality circuit is one among dozens of circuits which, when turned on, are equally real, pulsing with strange forms and mysterious biological systems. Accelerated, amplified some of these alternate realities can be microscopic in exquisite detail, others telescopic. Since psychedelic drugs expose us to different levels of perception and experience, use of them is ultimately a philosophic enterprise, compelling us to confront the nature of reality and the nature of our fragile, subjective belief systems. The contrast is what triggers the laughter, the terror. We discover abruptly that we have been programmed all these years, that everything we accept as reality is just social fabrication. (Timothy Leary)

We have nothing to fear but fear itself. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. (Albert Einstein)

There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. Oftentimes one has to go abroad to find the home one has lost. (Franz Kafka)

If you know exactly what you are going to do, what is the point of doing it? (Pablo Picasso)

A human being is a part of the whole called by us 'universe'... a part limited in time and space. He experiences his thoughts and feelings as separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. (Albert Einstein)

To begin is the most important part of any quest and by far the most courageous. (plato)

The imagination is a dimension of non-local information ( Terence McKenna)

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence move, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would have come their way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. (W.H. Murray)

Shamanism is philosophy with a hands-on attitude. Philosophy not made around the campfire, but based on the acquisition of extreme experience. (Terence McKenna)

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. (Dr. Seuss)

I sank to the floor, recalls McKenna, in a recording of the 1987 lecture. I experienced this hallucination of tumbling forward into these fractal geometric spaces made of light and then I found myself in the equivalent of the Pope's private chapel and there were insect elf machines proffering strange little tablets with strange writing on them, and I was aghast, completely appalled, because in a matter of seconds... my entire expectation of the nature of the world was just being shredded in front of me. I've never actually gotten over it. These self-transforming machine elf creatures were speaking in a colored language which condensed into rotating machines that were like Fabergé eggs but crafted out of luminescent superconducting ceramics and liquid crystal gels. All this stuff was just so weird and so alien and so un-English-able that it was a complete shock — I mean, the literal turning inside out of my intellectual universe! (Terence McKenna)