Thread: Random Thought Thread
11-23-2012, 06:14 AM #30091It is a luxury to be understood - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities - Voltaire
A kind thought is the hope of the world - Anon
11-23-2012, 09:33 AM #30092And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth
11-23-2012, 11:15 AM #30093garbageGuest
11-23-2012, 12:19 PM #30094
11-23-2012, 12:25 PM #30095garbageGuest
Pandora's getting really, really good at picking out great music.
Then again, my definition of great music is
11-23-2012, 03:06 PM #30096
11-23-2012, 04:43 PM #30097garbageGuest
Here's something that's been churning in my brain but that I'm not ready for feedback on. A random thought.
Sooo.. lots and lots of texts tell us that karmic justice is part of the natural order of the universe and that unjust acts will be punished--so we ought not worry about seeking revenge ourselves. Some even say that making judgments is outside of our scope.
But surely, part of that natural 'punishment' is society's gavel, though--be it through social shaming, incarceration, praising, etc.? On the other side of the coin, doesn't society praise behaviors that it regards as 'just'? And as part of society, aren't we as individuals a part of the machinery that restores natural order or doles out natural punishment, at least in very, very small ways?
I have no way of getting this across coherently or meaningfully. By punishment I don't particularly mean.. you know, punishment; there's no clear definition for 'just,' and so on.
But there's that. This is why, when I'm asked when I'm thinking, I usually respond with--"Nothing."
11-23-2012, 06:44 PM #30098GinkgoGuest
11-23-2012, 06:57 PM #30099
Math Teacher Arrested!
A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator.
At a morning press conference, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.'Al-Gebra is a problem for us', the Attorney General said.
'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.' They use secret code names like 'X' and 'Y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle'.
When asked to comment on the arrest, President Obama said, 'If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes.' White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President. It is believed that another Nobel Prize will follow.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
~ Elbert Hubbard
Music provides one of the clearest examples of a much deeper relation between mathematics and human experience.
11-23-2012, 07:01 PM #30100Expression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"
Theory is always superseded by Fact...
... In theory.
“I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”
Richard Feynman's last recorded words
"Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."
Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE