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Sappho

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 4 blocks • 20 days ago

…the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics.

Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.

– Paul Lockhart, A Mathematician’s Lament

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The huge success of the FANG stocks, however, distracts from the reality that the web has ground down the barriers to entry in many technology markets, increasing transparency and competition. For new entrants, lower barriers create opportunity. But they create the same chance for scores of other start-ups, too, making it challenging to build a durable advantage.

The Rise and Fall of the Unicorn

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Updated 7 months ago

Being a writer, in my experience, means putting up with an inner voice — a maker of sentences — that is always clamoring to be heard. More and more, I find myself listening for the moments when that voice lapses.

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All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
— Aristotle

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The items that you use incessantly, the items you employ every day, the normal, boring goods that don't seem luxurious or romantic: these are the critical ones. They are truly central. The everyday object is the monarch of all objects. It's in your time most, it's in your space most. It is "where it is at," and it is "what is going on."

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Updated 6 months ago

As the art of reading after a certain stage in one’s education is the art of skipping, so the art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. The first effect on the mind of growing cultivated is that processes once multiple get to be performed by a single act. Lazarus has called this the progressive condensation of thought.

William James, The Principles of Psychology

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You sell your expertise, you have a limited repertoire. You sell your ignorance, it’s an unlimited repertoire. [Eames] was selling his ignorance and his desire to learn about a subject, and the journey of him not knowing to knowing was his work.
— Richard Saul Wurman, discussing Charles Eames in Eames: The Architect and the Painter

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You will build a body of work, but you will also build a body of affection, with the people you’ve helped who’ve helped you back. This is the era of Friends in Low Places.

Robert Krulwich

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My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands them eventually recognizes them as nonsensical, when he has used them – as steps – to climb up beyond them. (He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it.)

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus

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But true visionaries such as Smith see the future two steps ahead instead of one. They think about what the tools of the future might look like and then imagine what they can build using these non-existent technologies. This intermediate step in their thought process allows them to dream on a scale exponentially greater than the typical entrepreneur.

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Updated 6 months ago

You sentimentalized the aesthetic experience with this girl–you personalized it, you sentimentalized it, and you lost the sense of separation essential to your enjoyment. Do you know when that happened? The night she took the tampon out. The necessary aesthetic separation collapsed not while you watched her bleeding–that was all right, that was fine–but when you couldn’t restrain yourself and went down on your knees. And what the hell compelled you? What lies behind the comedy of this Cuban girl taking a guy like you, the professor of desire, to the mat? Drinking her blood? I’d say that constituted the abandonment of an independent critical position, Dave. Worship me, she says, worship the mystery of the bleeding goddess, and you do it. You stop at nothing. You like it. You consume it. You digest it. She penetrates you. What next, David? A glass of her urine? How long before you would have begged her for feces? I’m not against it because it’s unhygienic. I’m not against it because it’s disgusting. I’m against it because it’s falling in love.
- Philip Roth, The Dying Animal

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