You are no liars, I am a liar.

Imagine imagination

July 13th, 2008

Imagine what we can imagine!
Arthur Rubinstein

A wonderful quote. Unfortunately, I could not find any indication of its source.
German speaking readers are invited to enjoy a literal translation: Man bilde sich ein, was wir uns alles einbilden können!

Being not truthful works

June 27th, 2008

Sagmeister: Being not truthful works against me

Ralph Ammer and Stefan Sagmeister: Being not truthful works against me
[For details see Ralph‘s and Stefan‘s page.]

Abstractly speaking

June 15th, 2008

Abstract thinking isn’t much in my line.
Josef Teichmann, 2007-04-10*

*) In a staff meeting at Vienna University of Technology; translated from originally German “Mir liegt das Abstrakte nicht so.”

Paradoxical introspection

June 9th, 2008

2008-06-07*), Oswald Wiener gave a talk with the title “Der Automaten-Begriff als Werkzeug der Erkenntnispsychologie”. When he spoke about the Würzburg School he quoted several of their test questions which they used in psychology experiments. One of them was:

Do you agree with the following statement?
— We condemn everything that can be explained.

According to Wiener, if the test person answered “yes” she or he was asked to explain by means of introspection which thoughts etc. led to the affirmation.

*) For those who know the delicate history, his talk was given in Hs. 1 of the “NIG” at University of Vienna.

Online polls about online life?

April 2nd, 2008

On April 1, Jennifer Kyrnin featured a wonderful online poll in her weblog Jennifer’s Web Design/HTML Blog:

Poll: Are you willing to answer online polls?

Vote now and see the results :-)

This hoax was a hoax. A pretty serious one.

Me neither

April 1st, 2008

Apparently, some people just cannot accept criticism.

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Imaginative knowledge

February 7th, 2008

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. — Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

Better don’t make this known. Just don’t!

[Quote provided by frequent reader and commenter BB — thanks a lot! Note that apparently there are at least two versions of Einstein’s quote, see Did you know? Of course not ;]

The liberty of wording

November 30th, 2007

Or: Are we free to be free?
Or: The tyranny of the liberty of meaning.

We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny.

— The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, “Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland” (April 18, 1864), p. 301-302; quoted from A collection of Abraham Lincoln Quotes by Roger Norton.

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