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"For years, I’ve been saying Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I’d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. Pinker uses meticulous research to argue that we are living..." Read more of this review »
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"Makes a very convincing case that the racial segregation of American neighborhoods was the result of explicit US government action, rather than an accidental byproduct of people clustering with others like them. The book is structured as a legal a..." Read more of this review »
Autobiography of John Stuart Mill by John Jacob Coss
"An enjoyable, fairly short read about the education of the most important English-speaking philosopher of the 19th century. Tells the story of how under his father's direction he began learning Greek at age 3, Latin at 8, was responsible for the e..." Read more of this review »
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Fifty percent of all relationships end at deli counters. Ten percent of all relationships end with a terrible argument in front of strangers at a car wash. Five percent end amicably. Two percent end in murder.
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Another sticker said MY FAMILY and beneath it there were four guns of various sizes, meant to represent the father gun and the mother gun and the two gun children. There was something I could respect about a man willing to so openly broadcast his anger; at least there were no secrets.
I saw this actual sticker on a truck on Pico Blvd a few months ago. It was right next to a sticker that read "No Lives Matter." So...
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The barista was young and overwhelmed. She was panicking, so I offered to help her. I was more helpful in those days. I told her she needed to do something dramatic to make a statement. She then tried to push the espresso machine off the counter and it barely budged. I leaned over and helped her, and together we knocked it to the floor.
The sentence immediately after this was "It sounded just like an espresso machine hitting the floor."
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“I was a linear thinker, and according to Zen linear thinking is nothing but a delusion, one of the many that keep us unhappy. Reality is nonlinear, Zen says. No future, no past. All is now.”
Phil Knight, Shoe Dog

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“The overstimulated kids were literally bouncing off the walls. Lunar gravity is the worst thing to ever happen to parents.”
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Liu Cixin
“Child, the moon is very lovely tonight. I just saw a kangaroo. I guess the refugees hadn’t eaten them all.”
Liu Cixin, Death's End

Steven Pinker
“Economic inequality has long been a signature issue of the left, and it rose in prominence after the Great Recession began in 2007. It ignited the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 and the presidential candidacy of the self-described socialist Bernie Sanders in 2016, who proclaimed that “a nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much, while so many have so little.” 2 But in that year the revolution devoured its children and propelled the candidacy of Donald Trump, who claimed that the United States had become “a third-world country” and blamed the declining fortunes of the working class not on Wall Street and the one percent but on immigration and foreign trade. The left and right ends of the political spectrum, incensed by economic inequality for their different reasons, curled around to meet each other, and their shared cynicism about the modern economy helped elect the most radical American president in recent times.”
Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Hermann Hesse
“And this is now a teaching you will laugh about: love, oh Govinda, seems to me to be the most important thing of all. To thoroughly understand the world, to explain it, to despise it, may be the thing great thinkers do. But I’m only interested in being able to love the world, not to despise it, not to hate it and me, to be able to look upon it and me and all beings with love and admiration and great respect.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

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