June 21st, 2002

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On Uncertainty ― R. Buckminster Fuller

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Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.


      • ~ R. Buckminster Fuller


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On Uncertainty -- Richard P. Feynman

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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.


      • ~ Richard P. Feynman


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On Uncertainty - Beryl Markham, in West with the Night

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I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.


      • ~ Beryl Markham, West with the Night


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On Uncertainty ― Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound

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I told Ersken, "Lately it's been like living on the knife's edge, never knowing which side I'll fall off on."
Ersken clapped me on the shoulder as we stepped into the street. "Cheer up, Beka. Maybe you were going to fall off that razor's edge before, but not today," he said, as good humored as always. "Today we're going to jump.


      • ― Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound


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On Uncertainty - Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

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Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds -- justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.


      • ~ Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat


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On Uncertainty ― Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

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Some care is needed in using Descartes' argument. "I think, therefore I am" says rather more than is strictly certain. It might seem as though we are quite sure of being the same person to-day as we were yesterday, and this is no doubt true in some sense. But the real Self is as hard to arrive at as the real table, and does not seem to have that absolute, convincing certainty that belongs to particular experiences.


      • ~ Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy


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On Uncertainty ― Lauren Willig, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

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They were close enough that he could feel the hurried beat of her heart. He could feel Charlotte's indecision in every word she didn't say and every move she didn't make. She was tense with uncertainty, quivering with irresolution. She might not be leaning into him, but she wasn't pulling away, either.


      • ― Lauren Willig, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine


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On Uncertainty ― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

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It (trying to keep the law) grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in its more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainly out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse.


      • ~ Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity


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On Unhappiness -- Joyce Carol Oates



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As Pascal observed in the 139th Pensée: ...all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber.

This Diary shall record whether such a "truth" is universal; or applies merely to the weak.
    -- Joyce Carol Oates in "Poe Posthumous" in her short story compilation Wild Nights, pages 11-12
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On Useful Skills -- Robert A. Heinlein



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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    -- Robert A. Heinlein, Excerpts from the Notebook of Lazarus Long