"'Every national border in Europe,' El Eswad added ironically, 'marks the place where two gangs of bandits got too exhausted to kill each other anymore and signed a treaty. Patriotism is the delusion that one of these gangs of bandits is better than all the others.'" --Robert Anton Wilson


"In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity." --Ambrose Bierce


"We do not actually create the world. In fact, we only create an "inner show" of the world in response to our movements and sensations." --David Bohm


"We cannot (it seems) "directly perceive" the implicate order of the mode of existence and movement of an electron; our only way to grasp this implicate order is through the conceptual model (unless, say, it would somehow be possible for us to directly perceive or experience the implicate order of the mode of existence of the elementary particles that constitute our brains, just because in some sense we as conscious beings are (at least in part) constituted of a set of such particles, and more precisely their implicate orders)." --Paavo Pylkkanen


"An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing." --Nicholas Murray Butler


"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees." --William Blake


"This is it." --Alan Watts


"The earlier people felt that they were participating in nature. And in some way they were more keenly aware of the participation of their thought. However, in another way they were perhaps overdoing it -- in the sense that they were supposing the reality of some of the things which were being projected by the thought, in a way that may not have been entirely right.

Then we developed instead a more objective kind of thought which said; 'we want to have a thought about something where we don't participate, where we just think about it and know just what it is.' That made possible science and technology, and so forth. But that also went too far, because we began to apply that objective thought universally and said it applied inside, outside -- to everything. And then we say there is no participation whatsoever by thought.

Now, that is clearly wrong. I've pointed out that there is a great deal of participation by thought, and how it creates the world. And I'm saying also that thought clearly participates in perception, and that that is the crucial form of participation. Thought participates in everything; but our ideal of objective thought is absolute non-participation -- the idea that thought is just simply telling you the way things are and doing nothing whatsoever. In some areas that's a good approximation; but our thought has supposed that to be the universal situation.

Thus, we could say that here is one of the questions where thought is going wrong. And this could be said to be very close to the fundamental flaw in the process -- namely, that thought is doing this thing and doesn't realize that it's doing it." --David Bohm


"Solitude is in the mind of a man. One might be in the thick of the world and yet maintain perfect serenity of mind; such a person is always in solitude. Another may stay in the forest, but still be unable to control his mind. He cannot be said to be in solitude. Solitude is an attitude of the mind; a man attached to the things of life cannot get solitude, wherever he may be. A detached man is always in solitude." --Ramana Maharshi


"How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 8:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so? " --Charles Bukowski


"People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point." --George Carlin


"Metaphysics is a refuge for men who have a strong desire to appear learned and profound but have nothing worth hearing to say. Their speculations have helped mankind hardly more than those of the astrologers. What we regard as good in metaphysics is really psychology: the rest is only blah. Ordinarily, it does not even produce good phrases, but is dull and witless. The accumulated body of philosophical speculation is hopelessly self-contradictory. It is not a system at all, but simply a quarreling congeries of systems. The thing that makes philosophers respected is not actually their profundity, but simply their obscurity. They translate vague and dubious ideas into high-sounding words, and their dupes assume, as they assume themselves, that the resulting obfuscation is a contribution to knowledge." --H.L. Mencken


"Every one of us human beings has two minds. One is totally ours, and it is like a faint voice that always brings us order, directness, purpose. The other mind is a foreign installation. It brings us conflict, self-assertion, doubts, hopelessness." --Yaqui Shaman Don Juan/Carlos Castaneda


"There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business." --William S. Burroughs


"The sexes deceive themselves about each other -- because at bottom they honor and love only themselves (or their own ideal, to put it more pleasantly). Thus man likes woman peaceful -- but woman is essentially unpeaceful, like a cat, however well she may have trained herself to seem peaceable." --F.W. Nietzsche


"Bell has shown that the statistical predictions of quantum theory are definitely incompatible with the existence of an underlying reality (that resembles the observed world at the macroscopic level) whose spatially separated parts are independent realities linked only by causal dynamical relationships. The spatially separated parts of any underlying reality must be linked in ways that completely transcend the realm of causal dynamical connections. The spatially separated parts of any such underlying reality are not independent realities, in the ordinary sense." --Henry P. Stapp


"Consciousness can play a nonredundant causal role in the determination of our actions: it can play the very role that we intuitively feel that it plays. Quantum theory allows your mind and your brain to co-author your physical actions." --Henry P. Stapp


"The rejection of classical theory in favor of quantum theory represents, in essence, the rejection of the idea that external reality resides in, or inheres in, a spacetime continuum. It signalizes the recognition that "space," like color, lies in the mind of the beholder." --Henry P. Stapp


"I have spoken as if our attention were wholly determined by neural conditions. I believe that the array of things we can attend to is so determined. No object can catch our attention except by the neural machinery. But the amount of the attention which an object receives after it has caught our attention is another question. It often takes effort to keep mind upon it. We feel that we can make more or less of the effort as we choose. If this feeling be not deceptive, if our effort be a spiritual force, and an indeterminate one, then of course it contributes coequally with the cerebral conditions to the result. Though it introduce no new idea, it will deepen and prolong the stay in consciousness of innumerable ideas which else would fade more quickly away." --William James


"Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourages the formation of larger units of production at the expense of the smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights." --Albert Einstein


"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter." --Max Planck


"We see that each human being...participates in an inseparable way in society and in the planet as a whole. What may be suggested further is that such participation goes on to a greater collective mind, and perhaps ultimately to some yet more comprehensive mind in principle capable of going indefinitely beyond even the human species as a whole. (This may be compared to some of Jung's...notions)." --David Bohm



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