As a society, we don’t often discuss our differences of opinion as openly, regularly, healthily, or with as much curiosity as we might. But how we harbor our differences of opinion can be the difference between fostering a community in which respect, dignity, and heterogeneous thinking are the norm and a community that silences, shuns, ignores, or demeans.
It strikes me that it is at precisely times like this when we should reaffirm our commitment to not only being in productive community with each other despite our differences—profound as they sometimes are—but also a commitment to actively seeking to understand another’s point of view. In seeking to understand, I believe, we deepen our knowledge, fortitude, and pathways for change-making. What I’m talking about is not abstract but concrete.
— Crystal Williams, "Message from the President | SCOTUS and Being in Dialogue"
The last person who could read hieroglyphics died.
— Elon Musk, "Elon Musk on Life, The Universe and Everything: Interview Part 2"
I think it was Mark Twain who said "I was dead for billions of years before I was born and never suffered the smallest inconvenience."
— Richard Dawkins, "Richard Dawkins: Evolution, Intelligence, Simulation, and Memes | Lex Fridman Podcast #87"
My intuition, not even thinking, why you could be wrong, is the same intuition I have about any sort of physicist, like string theory, that we as humans desire for a clean explanation, and 100 years from now, intellegent systems might look back at us and laugh at how we tried to get rid of the whole mess by having simple explanation, when the reality is it's way messier and infact it's impossible to understand, you can only build it. It's like this idea of complex systems, cellular automata. You can only launch the thing, you can not understand it.
— Lex Fridman, "Jeff Hawkins: The Thousand Brains Theory of Intelligence | Lex Fridman Podcast #208"
The marking was done on the back of the ballot with skimmed milk.
— William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Quilts look better when you have a lot of them.
— Joanna S. Rose,
The process of creating elongated coins is legal in the United States, South Africa and parts of Europe. In the United States, U.S. Code Title 18, Chapter 17, Section 331 prohibits "the mutilation, diminution and falsification of United States coinage." The foregoing statute, however, does not prohibit the mutilation of coins, if the mutilated coins are not used fraudulently, i.e., with the intention of creating counterfeit coinage or profiting from the base metal (the pre-1982 copper U.S. cent which, as of 2010, is worth more than one cent in the United States). Because elongated coins are made mainly as souvenirs, mutilation for this purpose is legal.
— "Elongated coin," Wikipedia
“Mike Pence had absolutely no choice but to be a human conveyor belt,” Mr. Trump said.
— Maggie Haberman, "A Day After a Portrait of Pence in Danger, Trump Attacks Him Again," The New York Times
A currency-destroying hammer that was used to remove paper currency or sensitive documents from public circulation.
— @leevalleytools
And how it would look not just in your hand, but how it would look in the photograph you were going to take for marketing.
— Tony Fadell, "Tony Fadell: iPhone, iPod, Nest, Steve Jobs, Design, and Engineering | Lex Fridman Podcast #294"
Understanding that people have a really good bullshit indicator is the most important part of being an artist.
— Dan Reynolds, "Dan Reynolds: Imagine Dragons | Lex Fridman Podcast #290"
If I draw on a piece of paper, a little sketch of something that is called the Necker cube. It's just a little line drawing of a cube, right on a flat piece of paper. If I execute it well and I show it to you, you'll see a 3D cube and you'll see if flip. Sometimes you'll see one face in front, sometimes you'll see the other face in front. But if i ask, you know, which face is in front when you don't look, the answer is well neither face is in front because there's no cube, this is just a flat piece of paper. So when you look at the piece of paper, you perceptually create the cube, and when you look at it then you fix one face to be in front and one face to the other, so that's what I mean when I say it doesn't exist. Space time itself is like the cube, it's a data structure that your sensory systems construct.
— Donald Hoffman, "Donald Hoffman: Reality is an Illusion - How Evolution Hid the Truth | Lex Fridman Podcast #293"
They're finding new ways of computing these scattering amplitudes that turn literally billions of terms to one term. When you do it in space and time, because it's the wrong framework, it's just a user interface, that's now from the evolutionary point of view, it's not a deep insight into the nature of reality.
— Donald Hoffman, "Donald Hoffman: Reality is an Illusion - How Evolution Hid the Truth | Lex Fridman Podcast #293"
Shooting an arrow and painting a bullseye around it afterwards.
— Dan Carlin, "Dan Carlin: Hardcore History | Lex Fridman Podcast #136"
Artist Sophie Calle's HERE LIE THE SECRETS OF THE VISITORS OF GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY stands silent and ready to accept whatever secrets of which you might seek to unburden yourself.
— @historicgreenwood
Long ago in Vienna, as we have seen, he had learned from the tactics of Mayor Karl Lueger the importance of bringing "powerful existing institutions" over to one's side.
— William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Tippy Tappy
— Title of hammer Haley made*
All Bank of England notes now carry a copyright message on the face as a direct result of Boggs' activities, the idea being that if they cannot secure a counterfeiting charge, then they can at least secure a copyright violation.
— "J. S. G. Boggs," Wikipedia
It's good. You're alive.
— JeeYeun on how it's good that the water is so cold*
— Raul*