## January 28, 2009

Oh, gawd. "Look upon the abyss without flinching". All that Nobility. You make it sound impossible, and it does indeed seem so: but it is very simple. A translation for normal life:

All the human being need do is see what needs to be done, and do it.

So I suggested to my stepfather, after several drinks, that given 1% occurrence, and 95% accuracy, a diagnostic test would yield only a 19% probability. I got yelled at for a good fifteen mintues; "I'm a bloody logical Engineer!" The diagram did nothing to repair matters. I think this just might qualify me as an Initiate (even if I've forgotten most of my calculus).

Damn good, mind-itching, quotes as usual Eleizer. You might get me back onto Fantasy yet (just don't expect poetry).

Shinji and Warhammer40K? So, we've been reduced to quoting fanfiction now? Oh, and can you fix me up with more of the good stuff? ;)

I mean 16... damnit.

In re omnipotence without omniscience: This reminds me of Bester's "Hell Is Forever"-- one of the characters makes a devil's bargain to permanently become the Creator in a sub-universe, and then discovers he doesn't have good enough taste/a clean enough subconscious to make universes he doesn't detest.

Potential quote for a future post:

The Tick: "Isn't sanity really a one-trick pony, anyway? I mean, all you get is one trick, rational thinking! But when you're good and crazy...ooh hoo hoo hoo...the sky's the limit!"

Terrence McKenna was fond of saying essentially the same thing as Vaksel.

"1% occurrence, and 95% accuracy, a diagnostic test would yield only a 19% probability"

Isn't it ~16.1%?
(95 * 1) / ((95 * 1) + (5 * 99))

..just saw the stat correction..

Just thought I'd point out that the first quote, though good, bears a striking resemblance to something Steve Jobs said:
When you're young, you look at television and think, There's a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that's not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That's a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It's the truth.
[Interview in WIRED magazine (February 1996)]

with regards to the Steve Jobs Quote:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. - H.L. Mencken

If you must define religion, it must be thus: The ultimate given, the foundation of all logic in your mind. That is your religion. It is what you take on faith alone. Some have much of it, some have very little. But none are without.

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