“Whether a man belongs to a cannibal tribe or is a member of a college community, the first test applied to him is to discover whether he is good or bad. Of an act it is of first importance to know whether it was right or wrong.”
— Arthur Mulford Baker (p. 9 of ‘The River of God: The Source-Stream for Morals and Religion’)
“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
keywords: life, General Systems Theory, behavior, conduct, belief
‘locally worse’ often, if not usually, means having to do some writing.
keywords: life, General Systems Theory, default
soldier: one whose horizontal coordinate on the curve y = exp(-x) is negative.
keywords: the military, fight, battle, war
A financially remunerative environment defaults to having a lot of segmentation (e.g., logs) and shear (transcription).
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an example of trochaic pentameter:
“Cheaply-bottled water: nothing’s sacred.”
keywords: poems, poetry
The possible is the median between the concrete and the abstract.
keywords: life, General Systems Theory, cognition
A subordinate needs to cover not only the actual, but also the possible.
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Protracted processes in combination with infinitesimals is ultimately the only way to go.
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Those lacking content get micro-programmed.
(cf: “Publish or perish.”)
keywords: life, General Systems Theory, consequences
Proceeding within a proof sometimes depends on both breaking and exploiting the symmetry of the situation. (three examples: the proof of the 6-people theorem, the solution of problem 6 of IMO 1988, and the fact that introducing coordinates breaks the symmetry of the synthetic plane, while introducing new possibilities of symmetry, such as about an axis , or about the origin, or about the line y = x) It may be that what Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls ‘antifragility’ is simply a general term for the more favorable status that results when the symmetry of a natively symmetric entity is broken.
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