Category Archives: Aphorisms

Aphorism – the mind and society

Something that occurred to me while watching this documentary today; I’m just going to throw it out there, and will likely come back and revise it over time; but to get it out of my head and into circulation: All … Continue reading

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A paradox

Our lives would be much easier, if we understood our beliefs to be hypotheses and conjectures about the world and possibilities for that world, rather than truths about that world, and certainties for that world.

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Religious-type behaviour predates religion

Religious-type behaviour – a central canon of teaching, demands of obedience to the hierarchy, demonisation and punishment of heretics – didn’t evolve and appear because these were the demands of religious belief. Rather, religious-type behaviour predated religion. They are the … Continue reading

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Heinlein Quotation

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always … Continue reading

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Aphorism: Hayek on institutional development

Once the apparatus is established, its future development will be shaped by what those who have chosen to serve it regard as its needs.

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Aphorism: Smith on Predation

I hadn’t seen this in Smith, when I read him, but it is worth quoting: All for ourselves, and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of … Continue reading

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Aphorism

Not mine this time. From Jack D., at Sailer’s site at unz.com: Every society has an all purpose diagnosis that is equivalent to “possessed by evil spirits” and an exorcism treatment to match, but we call it by different names … Continue reading

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A succinct summary statement

Watching the avalanche of information cascade through the internet following the release of the Podesta emails, I’m placing increasing credence in this succinct summary of how corruption works against human freedom: Paedophilia is a fundamental ‘cement’ that holds the networks of … Continue reading

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Get there first

It’s better for you yourself to challenge and overturn one of your false assumptions, than to have someone else do it for you (possibly, as George Orwell might say, on a battlefield).

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Narrative as the fabric of modern reality

Quotation from Tim Price, writing at the Mises Institute blog: Yuval Harari, in his excellent history of mankind, Sapiens, points out that just about everything in the infrastructure of the modern economy is either some kind of narrative or myth. … Continue reading

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