Archive for September, 2006

The object of a critique

September 30th, 2006

How much critique does a thing need to be … a thing? How often does an object need to be objected? Can critique be without?

One cannot deny to criticize insofar as the denial reflects a critique. More so, if the critique resembles an objection accepting it means to affirm the critique but objecting an objection might provoke the accusation of accusing.

Anyway, I object objecting your objection.

“I am not absolutely sure of anything”

September 24th, 2006

You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here… I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn’t frighten me.

Richard P. Feynman, from a transcript of BBC television program Horizon in 1981. To be found in Jeffrey Robbins (ed.): The Pleasure of Finding things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman. Allen Lane 2000. Also in: James Gleick: Genius: Life & Science of Richard Feynman. Pantheon 1992.

The view from the other side

September 20th, 2006

Ratta seeing things from the right side

[Ratta thinks that, sometimes, it’s good to see things from the right side.
And what is your point of view?]

Truth is illusive

September 19th, 2006

the truth remains a whore, and whores are honest even if some may be conniving, but such is the nature of truth. in other words, truth is illusive.

cairo otaibi, 2006-08-02

A matter of quantity

September 16th, 2006

Would you agree that everything is a matter of quantity or am I asking for too much?

This may not be a water-tight paradox but I like it nevertheless.

Attentions are mean

September 14th, 2006

Attention meets whore next door. There is a sign that reads

Beware of attention!

Attention: Why does your sign say “Beware of attention”?
Whore: Because attentions are mean.
Attention: Take it down or I’ll beat you with it!
Whore: See?

[*] [X]


September 13th, 2006

Radical change . . . means to cut the roots.
Radical attitude . . . is based on roots or cut loose.
Radical trust . . . is an old tree.
Radical living . . . means . . . you are free.

Radical nonsense . . . this is.

The attention whore

September 12th, 2006

Your true attention whore smOOching your screen.

[Ratta — the only true attention whore.]