10 August 2010

A World Centre of Communication


“A fountain of overflowing knowledge to be fed by the whole world of human endeavour in art, science, religion, commerce, industry, and law; and in turn to diffuse throughout the whole of humanity as though it were one grand, divine body conceived by God, the vital requirements which would renew its strength, protect its rights, and enable it to attain greater heights through a concentration of world effort.”


In 1913, H. C. Andersen (not the poet) and Ernest Hébrard compiled a work entitled “A World Centre of Communication”, which was planned to create the perfect city.

[via:Cornell University Library]

8 December 2009

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Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam

“…clutches his classic books, ‘The Manufacture of Compost’ and ‘Hedgerows not Hegemony’”

[via:Styrelserummet]

14 November 2009

Noam Chomsky on BBC Hard Talk 2009-11-09, parts 1, 2 and 3.

10 October 2009

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Sixteen minutes and fifty seconds into the movie: Trinity watches a still sleeping Neo get arrested. She doesn’t see Neo’s dream directly, but through the round rear-view mirror on her motor bike. The little dream orb is another world of sorts within The Matrix.

Everyone should watch this film properly intoxicated at least once.

'This is the world that you know', screenshot from The Matrix (40 minutes, 35 seconds)

The Idiot Box speaks in riddles, but you will obey. #

8 October 2009

Breathe Deep And Let Go Of Things

☸ Breathe Deep And Let Go Of Things
(Flickr photo, t-shirt). Inspired by this, which in turn was inspired by a WWII era British propaganda poster (buy).

[via:Merlin Mann]

16 February 2009

How to not fail at life: 4chan’s advice

Discussed in more detail here.

[via:Laughing Squid]

30 July 2008

Undermining certainty and conviction as products of reason

“On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not” by Robert A. Burton seems to provide an interesting scientific summary on why you as soon as possible should forget the traditional concepts of objective thought and free will.

The book’s concepts are summarized in an easy to understand way on a recent episode of Brain Science Podcast.

24 July 2008

Questions you can’t ask

“Questions you aren’t allowed to ask in modern political debate and polite society, that should be asked”

Also: “What you can’t say” by Paul Graham

[via:Hacker News]

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