The known is finite, the unknown infinite …

The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the
midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is
to reclaim a little more land.

-T. H. Huxley, 1887

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We are survival machines …

“We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.”

― Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Cell phones make you stupid …

Dialog this morning over the breakfast table, between my two daughters (9 and 7), my wife and I …

-10: Most of the kids in my classroom have cell phones, when I am going to get mine?.

-Wife: Not for now, we don’t want you to be walking around like …like …

-Me: Cell phones make you stupid …

– 7: You have cell phones and look at them all day, therefore you are stupid …

-Me: Could be, but we are in charge …

7 year old philosophy …

My daughter 7, complaining about homework and chores, looking at a picture back when she was a baby, sucking her thumb on my arms …

– Those were the good old days …

 

And then she looks at me and asks:

– Daddy, was Michael Jackson alive when you were alive?

-What do you mean “when I was alive”…

-When you were a kid …

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