1. “Understanding does not occur when we try to intercept what someone wants to say to us by claiming we already know it.” (Hans-Georg Gadamer)
2. “We cannot understand without wanting to understand, that is, without wanting to let something be said” (-ll-)
3. “The fact that you will regret a choice does not imply that the choice is irrational, since the way our regret works is itself irrational.” (Wei Dai)
4. “Just because you are anti-evolution doesn’t mean you are anti-science.” (Conor Lenihan, Ireland’s Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources. A guy like that most likely stops at the first sentence in a post like this (recommended).)
5. Having included 4, I have to include this as well:
“Dogbert: My invention can detect human stupidity. It has a very simple interface. All I do is point it at people.
Dilbert: Then what does it do?
Dogbert: Why would it need to do anything else?”
6. “‘What am I going to die of?’ said Rincewind.
The tall figure hesitated.
PARDON? it said.
‘Well, I haven’t broken anything, and I haven’t drowned, so what am I about to die of? You can’t just be killed by Death; there has to be a reason,’ said Rincewind. [...]
Death appeared to reach a conclusion.
YOU COULD DIE OF TERROR, the hood intoned. The voice still had its graveyard ring, but there was a slight tremor of uncertainty.
‘Won’t work,’ said Rincewind smugly.
THERE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A REASON, said Death, I CAN JUST KILL YOU.
‘Hey, you can’t do that! It’d be murder!'” (Terry Pratchett, The colour of Magic)
7) “Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.” (Francis Bacon)
8 ) “The human understanding is of its own nature prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds.” (-ll-. Youarenotsosmart’s latest post has a lot more on this subject)
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