Archive for March, 2006

Save the earth

March 17th, 2006

The most important aspect of trying to save earth is not to do so.

Tasting life

March 16th, 2006

Following my own advice, I bought a bag of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans. Today, a friend visited me and, of course, we had to taste some cups of espresso. My friend said she likes the Jamaica Blue Mountain whereas I found it to taste sour.

Thinking about it there is no way I could ever know what she tasted nor what made her say she liked it. Once I start asking it’s different.

Optical Illusions

March 15th, 2006
An Optical Illusion? (Picture by Adrian Pingstone for Wikipedia)

Have you ever seen an optical illusion?

Really? How do you know?

The Man Who Couldn’t Blog

March 14th, 2006

How do you say nothing? How do you explain silence? Can you paint no colors? What could illustrate the unknown? Can one lie?

What would a blogger blog about his inability to blog? The Man Who Couldn’t Blog likes to tell you in his blog but he can’t blog which is why he can and why his blog is such a marvelous blog about no blogging.

Why don’t human ecologists cry

March 12th, 2006

Why don’t the newscasters cry
when they read about people who die

Why don’t human ecologists cry when they give their talks, when they take part in conferences and discussions, or when they present their posters?

At least they could be decent enough
to put just a tear in their eyes

Why don’t we cry?

Well mama said
It’s just make believe
You can’t believe everything you see
So baby close your eyes to the lullabies
On the news tonight

Quotes from Jack Johnson‘s song The News.

This and that

March 11th, 2006

This sentence does in fact not have the property it claims not to have.
— Robert Boeninger

A wonderful example of a not so obvious self-contradictory sentence. It is discussed in Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern by Douglas R. Hofstadter. Some more examples of paradoxical statements, a great illustration of troublesome self-reference, and why it simply is all about this and that may be found in the h2g2‘s entry on “self-reference“.

To know is not to know

March 10th, 2006




Make knowledge increase choice.


March 9th, 2006

Even promoting Slavoj Zizek is probably bound to lead oneself into the realms of self-contradiction. What helps is that Zizek himself is refreshingly honest and open about being a liar, a human being, yet a “monster” — his words, too.

There is a wonderful documentary film about Slavoj Zizek called “Zizek!” by Astra Taylor, released 2005, which well illustrates Zizek’s playful attitude towards life’s paradoxes and otherwise. Lauded and recommended though rarely shown in cinemas.

I hate writing. … my whole economy of writing is in fact based on an obsessional ritual to avoid the actual act of writing.
— Slavoj Zizek, author of quite a number of books