„In many ways life is less random than we think.“

Travis McGee series, One Fearful Yellow Eye (1966)
Kontext: In many ways life is less random than we think. In your past and mine, there have been times when we have, on some lonely trail, constructed a device aimed into our future. Perhaps nothing ever comes along to trigger it. We live through the safe years. But, for some people, something moves on the half-forgotten path, and something arches out of the past and explodes in the here and now. These are emotional intersections, when lives cross, diverge, then meet again.

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John D. MacDonald
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller 1916 - 1986

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„The Star Trek computer doesn't seem that interesting. They ask it random questions, it thinks for a while. I think we can do better than that.“

—  Larry Page American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur 1973

Quoted in Ben Elgin, "Google's Goal: "Understand Everything," http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_18/b3881010_mz001.htm BusinessWeek (2004-05-03).

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John D. Barrow Foto

„In general, the shorter the possible representation… the less random… On this view we recognize science to be the search for algorithmic compressions.“

—  John D. Barrow British scientist 1952

New Theories of Everything (2007)
Kontext: We say that the string is 'random' if there is no other representation of the string which is shorter than itself. But we will say that it is 'non-random' if there does exist such an abbreviated representation.... In general, the shorter the possible representation... the less random... On this view we recognize science to be the search for algorithmic compressions.<!--Ch. 1, p. 11

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„We do not always act the way economists think we should, mainly because we're both less selfish and less rational than economists think we are. Economists are being indoctrinated into a cardboard version of human nature, which they hold true to such a degree that their own behavior has begun to resemble it.“

—  Frans de Waal Dutch primatologist and ethologist 1948

"Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are" (2005), p. 243
Kontext: In 1879, American economist Francis Walker tried to explain why members of his profession were in such "bad odor amongst real people". He blamed it on their inability to understand why human behavior fails to comply with economic theory. We do not always act the way economists think we should, mainly because we're both less selfish and less rational than economists think we are. Economists are being indoctrinated into a cardboard version of human nature, which they hold true to such a degree that their own behavior has begun to resemble it. Psychological tests have shown that economics majors are more egoistic than the average college student. Exposure in class after class to the capitalist self-interest model apparently kills off whatever prosocial tendencies these students have to begin with. They give up trusting others, and conversely others give up trusting them. Hence the bad odor.

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Bob Dylan Foto

„There is no reason to suppose that people today feel less than their grandfathers, but there is good reason to think that they are less able to read in a way which makes them feel.“

—  Robertson Davies, buch A Voice from the Attic

A Voice from the Attic (1960)
Kontext: There is no reason to suppose that people today feel less than their grandfathers, but there is good reason to think that they are less able to read in a way which makes them feel. It is natural for them to blame books rather than themselves, and to demand fiction which is highly peppered, like a glutton whose palate is defective.

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„I think that it would be less difficult to live eternally than to be deprived of sleep throughout life.“

—  Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904

Letter to A.S. Suvorin (December 9, 1890)
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Alice Cary Foto

„How many lives we live in one,
And how much less than one, in all.“

—  Alice Cary American writer 1820 - 1871

Life's Mysteries; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 442.

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„There are no random acts… We are all connected… You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…“

—  Mitch Albom, buch The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Variante: That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate on life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind.
Quelle: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003)
Kontext: "All the people you meet here have one thing to teach you." Eddie was skeptical. His fists stayed clenched. "What?" he said. "That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind."

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„Maybe the fear is that
we are less than
we think we are,
when the
actuality of it
is that we are much much more.“

—  Jon Kabat-Zinn American academic 1944

Quelle: Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness

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„We know less when we erroneously think we know than when we recognize that we don’t.“

—  Rebecca Solnit, buch Men Explain Things To Me

Quelle: Men Explain Things to Me

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„The truth is, if we become comfortable with who we are rather than who we think we should be, then we will be less insecure.“

—  Daniel Gottlieb French rabbi 1939 - 2010

Quelle: Learning from the Heart: Lessons on Living, Loving, and Listening

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„They live forever, but many of them are even more lonely and miserable than we are. Why do you think they bother with us? We teach them life’s value.“

—  N. K. Jemisin, buch The Broken Kingdoms

Quelle: The Broken Kingdoms (2011), Chapter 17 “A Golden Chain” (engraving on metal plate) (p. 309)

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„In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), First Inaugural address (1981)
Kontext: To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.

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„The world makes much less sense than you think. The coherence comes mostly from the way your mind works.“

—  Daniel Kahneman, buch Thinking, Fast and Slow

Quelle: Thinking, Fast and Slow

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