Sunday, August 25, 2013

The greatest crises of our time

“The greatest existential crisis of our time is sudden manmade climate change, which now greatly exceeds the pace of natural climate change. The greatest moral crisis of our time is man's abuse of nature and nonhuman life, which dwarfs even man's inhumanity to man.” 
— Albert Einstein

“This American Life”

“‘This American Life’ is like beer nuts or kettle-cooked potato chips. Once you've listened to Ira Glass say just one sentence, you can't stop until the end of the story.”
— Albert Einstein


“You can NEVER have too much cilantro.
Just sayin’.”
— Albert Einstein

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Extremists are more alike than different

“There comes a point as people move farther and farther to the left or to the right, or in any other ‘directions’ politically or ideologically, that they become harder and harder to distinguish. They become more alike than different in a mutual loss of rationality and humanity.”
— Albert Einstein

Knee jerk

“I don't care if your knee always jerks to the right or to the left. Either way, youre just a fool with a spastic neurological condition.” 
— Albert Einstein

Friday, August 23, 2013

Don't count on a techno-fix for climate change

“Continuing to profligately emit greenhouse gasses while counting on a technological fix – a silver bullet – to save us in the eleventh hour is like smoking three packs a day and counting on a cure for lung cancer to be there when we need it. It's magical thinking and a recipe for self-destruction.” — Albert Einstein

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

All animals are persons

“All animals are persons; only some are human persons. Among the latter, the capacity to achieve is great; but so is the capacity to destroy. 
“One truth is constant: all animals are persons.” 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Truth and paradox

“One who seeks truth must learn to appreciate paradox.”
— Albert Einstein 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The ignorance of the arrogant

“There is no ignorance so dangerous as the ignorance of the arrogant.” 
— Albert Einstein

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Internet

 “Some day, people will put words in my mouth on the Internet – especially on the Web 2.0. They will misquote me more even than Wittgenstein.” – Albert Einstein

On leather and fur

“I have long been of the opinion that people who choose to wear leather or fur for fashion, rather than necessity, must be uncomfortable in their own skins.” – Albert Einstein

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Neither predator nor prey

“As an animal like any other who treasures his own peace and comfort, I do not wish to become another animal’s prey.

“As a human animal endowed with reason and moral judgment, I choose not to become any other animal’s predator.”

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Climate change and civilization

“The impact of human-caused climate change will at first be incremental. Humanity will suffer, but cope. However, there will come a time when these negative impacts – extreme weather disasters, severe food shortages and starvation, epidemics due to emerging vector-borne diseases, mass climate refugee migrations, political upheaval, chaos and violent conflict – will come at so fast a rate and with such severity that humanity's coping capacity will be overwhelmed. And then civilization itself will be threatened with extinction.”
 – Albert Einstein

Discerning truth from falsehood

“I often learn from people I know to be truthful. I learn to better discern what is true from what is false by studying the words of people who are not.”

– Albert Einstein

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mr. Bean – Funny???

“What's up with this ‘Mr. Bean’? Am I the only one who thinks he is not funny? It's like Jerry Lewis all over again.”
– Albert Einstein

Be Skeptical

“Be skeptical of experts and authorities and of those who question them.” – Albert Einstein