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An Unwillingness To Listen, Symptomatic of a General Failure To Feel The Cosmos
by noteworthy at 7:23 am EDT, Oct 17, 2011

Jan Chipchase:

Three things I've learned:

Everyone has a story to tell, most people don't have someone to listen.

Never ask the question if you're not willing to listen to, and act upon the answer.

Avoid drunks with guns.

Roger Scruton:

Things become sacred when sacrifices on behalf of the community have been distilled in them ... And sacred things are invitations to sacrifice ... The decline of religion has deprived us of sacred things. But it has not deprived us of the need for them.

Micah Zenko, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, on a world of ubiquitous drones:

Is this the world we want to live in? Because we're creating it.

Jad Abumrad, on radio:

The only way to really loosen the reins a little bit is to say to yourself, 'Let's do an experiment that makes me actually deeply nervous, because it could be bad.' I'm prepared to suck for awhile.

Neal Stephenson:

Space exploration has always had its detractors. To complain about its demise is to expose oneself to attack from those who have no sympathy that an affluent, middle-aged white American has not lived to see his boyhood fantasies fulfilled.

Still, I worry that our inability to match the achievements of the 1960s space program might be symptomatic of a general failure of our society to get big things done.

A large technology company or lab might employ hundreds or thousands of persons, each of whom can address only a thin slice of the overall problem. Communication among them can become a mare's nest of email threads and Powerpoints.

Coordinating their efforts through a command-and-control management system is a little like trying to run a modern economy out of a Politburo.

Brian Eno:

The difficulty of always feeling that you ought to be doing something is that you tend to undervalue the times when you're apparently doing nothing, and those are very important times. It's the equivalent of the dream time, in your daily life, times when things get sorted out and reshuffled. If you're constantly awake work-wise you don't allow that to happen.

Michiru Hoshino:

Oh! I feel it. I feel the cosmos!

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