Clear Language, Clear Mind

October 20, 2011

Ebook: Bruce L. Gary – QUOTES FOR MISANTHROPES: Mocking Homo Hypocritus

Filed under: Humor — Tags: , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 00:19

QUOTES FOR MISANTHROPES: Mocking Homo Hypocritus

I was googling around for misanthropic quotes and found this delightful book ful of them. Very funy. Enjoy!

August 19, 2011

Christopher Badcock on eugenics

Filed under: Genetics / behavioral genetics — Tags: , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 06:09

“Most importantly, Galton and all other eugenicists prior to the 1970s made the fundamental
error of believing that heredity is a means by which nature reproduces organisms. Today we
know that fundamentally the truth of heredity is the exact opposite of this apparently obvious
situation: organisms evolve to reproduce their DNA (the organic polymer that is the
biochemical basis of heredity), not DNA to reproduce the organism. The consequence is that
human males, for example, die more readily than females at all ages thanks mainly to the
effects of testosterone: a sex hormone which reduces ‘fitness’ in the sense of shortening life
expectancy by suppressing the immune system and increasing risky and aggressive behavior
but which is also a key element in promoting true Darwinian fitness: the reproductive success
of the individual’s genes. Males without testes live longer, but cannot reproduce, and so are
of no use to evolution!” (Christopher Badcock, Eugenics)

Put it quite nicely even tho it is an exaggeration. Organisms that cannot reproduce are not entirely useless to evolution. The obvious examples being worker ants. In humans, it would be (strict) homosexual males, even tho they sometimes reproduce (a friend i had in primarily school had his father come out as homosexual when the father was around 40 years old), and infertile people. These people can still help other people some of which may be fertile. They can help in various ways that in the end increases the fitness of those they help. For instance, grandparents may help their grandchildren with school, and thus the children received better grades and wanted to do well in school. This eventually resulted in that the children got good educations which helped them acquire a good mate.

December 5, 2009

Quote: Archibald A. Hill (maybe)

Filed under: Language — Tags: , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 09:14

“A speaker of the language should be able to pronounce correctly any sequence of letters that he may meet, even if they were previously unknown, and secondarily, to be able to spell any phonemic sequence, again even if previously unknown.” -Archibald A. Hill, distinguished U.S. linguist.

I have not been able to confirm the source. A google search reveals only two pages that mention the quote. Even if it is a misquote, is it still a good principle.

November 14, 2009

Quote: George Burns

Filed under: Humor — Tags: , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 21:51

“There will always be a conflict between the sexes because men and women want different things. Men want women and women want men.”

(Quoted in David M. Buss, Evolutionary Psychology, 1999, p. 311)

Hahaha!

October 20, 2009

Quote: Paul Ziff

Filed under: Language — Tags: , , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 18:07

[Discussing the type/token distinction or ambiguity]

“I shall not in general try to eliminate these ambiguities by explicitly stating which sense is intended. Sometimes both senses are intended, sometimes not. In general the context is sufficient to indicate what is meant. I shall be more specific only when there is need to be so; if everything had to be spelled out, nothing could be said.” Paul Ziff, Semantic Analysis, §14, 1960.

I am especially happy for the last sentence.

October 14, 2009

Quote: Albert Einstein

Filed under: Humor — Tags: , , , , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 09:08

Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.”

Jotted (in German) on the margins of a letter to him (1933). As quoted in Albert Einstein, The Human Side : New Glimpses From His Archives (1981) ISBN 0691023689 Wikiquote link.

September 18, 2009

Quote: Bertrand Russell, Problems of Philosophy

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 14:31

Wikipedia om bogen.

“This seems plainly absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.” p. 10.

Download: Bertrand Russell – The Problems of Philosophy

September 12, 2009

Quote day

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 18:05

I går bestilte jeg en t-shirt med disse citater på ryggen.

“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953), § 109.

“Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.” –David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), Of The Understanding, Part 4 Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy, Sect. 7 Conclusion of this book

“Most people would die sooner than think — in fact they do so.” –Bertrand Russell, The ABC of Relativity (1925), p. 166.

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” –Bertrand Russell, Commandment 7 of “A Liberal Decalogue”, from “The Best Answer to Fanaticism: Liberalism,” The New York Times (1951-12-16); later printed in The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1969), vol. 3: 1944-1967, pp. 71-2.

Og! Med denne her på maven. Awesome!

Captain Obvious

January 21, 2009

Quote: David Hume

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 21:27

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

Source: A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) Part 4 Of the sceptical and other systems of philosophy, Sect. 7 Conclusion of this book

November 30, 2008

Quote: Bertrand Russell on the stupid and the intelligent

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: , , , , — Emil O. W. Kirkegaard @ 18:13

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

~ Bertrand Russell

Source.

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