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In Eric Ambler’s novel Dirty Story, a character named Arthur Abdel Simpson recalls advice that he received as a child from his father: Although I was only seven when my father was killed, I still remember him very well and some of the ...more
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“John Comaroff, an anthropologist, has written that history is ‘any succession of rupturing events which together bring to recognition our misunderstandings and misrecognition of the present’.”
Michael Blastland, The Hidden Half: How the World Conceals its Secrets

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“One should give more weight to research that, while being rigorous, contradicts other peers, particularly if it entails costs and reputational harm for its author. Further, Someone with a high public presence who is controversial and takes risks for his opinion is less likely to be a bull***t vendor.*4”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Epicurus
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
Epicurus

Voltaire
“Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.”
Voltaire

Mark Twain
“Words are only painted fire, a look is the fire itself. She gave that look, and carried it away to the treasury of heaven, where all things that are divine belong.”
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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