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Addition

One and one is two, two and two is four,
I only wish to goodness
There wasn't any more!
Adding and subtracting,
Really, what's the use?
When Winston Churchill was in school,
They say he was a goose.

Yet he became Prime Minister
And helped us win the war;
Because he didn't waste his time
On two plus two is four!

-Spike Milligan


Northern Lights

Oh, roar a roar for Nora,
Nora Alice in the night.
For she has seen Aurora
Borealis burning bright.

A furore for our Nora!
And applaud Aurora seen!
Where, throughout the Summer, has
Our Borealis been?

-Walt Kelly, 1953

A Song Not For Now

A Song not for Now
You need not put stay...
A tune for the Was
Can be sung for Today...
The notes for the Does-not
Will sound as the Does...
Today you can sing
For the Will-be that was.

-Walt Kelly, 1953


Quips and Quotes

On Science:

"Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus.  Consensus is the business of politics.  Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant.  What is relevant is reproducible results.  The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.  

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period."
                                                                 --Michael Crichton, The Caltech Michelin Lecture, 17 January 2003

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People's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing. - Mark Twain

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Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.’  - Robert Anton Wilson

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"...conventional wisdom ....obviously has more to do with convention than wisdom."  -'Soupdragon'

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"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." -Einstein

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On Philosophy:

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.” - Albert Camus

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“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.” - Stuart Chase

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"No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow." - Alice Walker

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"Men [and women] occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and carry on as if nothing ever happened." - Winston Churchill

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"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd." - Bertrand Russell

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"He who is confident in his competence and honesty never fears closer scrutiny." - Roy Carver

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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "WOW--What a Ride!!" -Anon.

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Dance like there's nobody watching, love like it's never going to hurt. -Anon.

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"I might not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Voltair

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"Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?" - Lillian Hellman

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"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." -Mother Teresa

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"There is no honour in self-pity." -Worf

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"As you believe, so shall you do." -the Gorgon (Star Trek)

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I have come to the conclusion that I know everything I need to know...I know that I don't know everything. -Roy Carver

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Hearing and hearing but never listening; looking and looking but never seeing; it is not that we cannot understand...we just simply do not want to believe. All knowledge is gained when it is believed. -Roy Carver

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There is no such thing as proof...only acceptance of the evidence. -Roy Carver

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There is NO SUCH THING as false hope!  -Roy Carver

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It is not what we see that upsets us; it is what we THINK about what we see- that is what upsets us. -Roy Carver

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On Business:

"Never let an accountant run a retail business, or he'll run it into the ground." -Retired Western Region The Bay Executive (name unknown)



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