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Quote of the Week

"Robustness is when you care more about the few who like your work than the multitude who hates it (artists); fragility is when you care more about the few who hate your work than the multitude who loves it (politicians)."

– Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

– Epictetus

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the EU, Decentralisation, Education & Failure

I believe that forcing researchers to eat their own cooking whenever possible solves a serious problem in science. - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains why he hates the modern education system, why he hopes that the EU breaks into more small decentralised states, why he doesn't like france and why he likes germany and how to treat failure.

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Adam Curtis – Hypernormalisation

We are living in a world, that gets more and more unreal and fake.

Adam Curtis shows in his documentary, how people cope with this fake life and how we adjust to the unreal world without realising it.

Deutsch: Wer noch nie den Namen Adam Curtis gehört hat, der hat jetzt Gelegenheit, das nachzuholen. Curtis ist ein Dokumentarfilmer, dessen Filmen hauptsächlich aus BBC-Archivmaterial bestehen, welche mit schräger Musik unterlegt sind und zu denen Adam Curtis als Erzähler seine Geschichten erzählt. Das ganze ist manchmal auch ein bisschen gaga, aber seine These, die er in seinem neuesten Werk plausibel darstellt, ist jeden Gedanken wert.

Wir leben in einer Welt, die zunehmend mehr “fake” und unecht ist. Wir fliehen uns in diese unechten Welten hinein, weil die Komplexitäten des Alltags uns zu sehr verwirren und wir uns nach einfachen Narrativen sehnen. Gleichzeitig haben wir ein Gefühl der Passivität und Gleichgültigkeit, denn wir glauben nicht wirklich, dass unsere Entscheidungen einen Einfluss haben. Meiner Meinung nach sehens- und bedenkenswert. Hier ist eine Seite, auf der man seinen neuesten Film sehen kann:

+ Watch Hypernormalisation by Adam Curtis
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This is not a horror movie – this may be your future!

Here is a short film (7min) that draws a vision of future education under the dictate of equality and political correctness. If everyone is offended by everyone, everyone is trying not to offend someone and free speech is to dangerous because it could offend someone, than you really are a slave in a prison.

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Jesus Christ vs. Maslow

A very good video about the most important thing in life. How Jesus Christ contradicts the intuitive logic of Abraham Maslow.

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C.S. Lewis about Self-Love

Here is Lewis writing to his friend Arthur, amazingly within a year after his conversion:

During my afternoon “meditations,”—which I at least attempt quite regularly now—I have found out ludicrous and terrible things about my own character. Sitting by, watching the rising thoughts to break their necks as they pop up, one learns to know the sort of thoughts that do come.

And, will you believe it, one out of every three is the thought of self-admiration: when everything else fails, having had its neck broken, up comes the thought “what an admirable fellow I am to have broken their necks!” I catch myself posturing before the mirror, so to speak, all day long. I pretend I am carefully thinking out what to say to the next pupil (for his good, of course) and then suddenly realize I am really thinking how frightfully clever I’m going to be and how he will admire me…

And then when you force yourself to stop it, you admire yourself for doing that. It is like fighting the hydra… There seems to be no end to it. Depth under depths of self-love and self-admiration. (quoted in The Narnian by Alan Jacobs, 133)

(found in Dr. Lalith Mendis recent article about Self-Love)

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