reply to post by Frater210
The dude is funny even though his mustache is not so impressive, it is still acceptable. Yet still in his fort he is a king, but in his house he
is a jester.
Some of what I read of his quotes on the Internets seems pretty interesting and worth looking into, though I don't like reading to much because I
always learn stuff. As we know a mind is a terrible waste of time, and sometimes even of space. But if one lost his mind were would one put it back
even when he found it. But still some of his quotes are funny so it should be worth a holler, or two.
More funny stuff.
Darwin & Evolution
In mere impressionism we take our stand. We have no positive tests nor standards.
Realism in art: realism in science--they pass away. In 1859, the thing to do was to accept Darwinism;
now many biologists are revolting and trying to conceive of somet hing else.
The thing to do was to accept it in its day, but Darwinism of course was never proved:
The fittest survive. What is meant by the fittest?
Not the strongest; not the cleverest--
Weakness and stupidity everywhere survive.
There is no way of determining fitness except in that a thing does survive.
"Fitness," then, is only another name for "survival."
Darwinism: That survivors survive.
Not a bottle of catsup can fall from a tenement-house fire-escape in Harlem,
without being noted--not only by the indignant people downstairs,
but--even though infinitesimally--universally--maybe--
Affecting the price of pajamas, in Jersey City: the temper of somebody's mother-in-law,
in Greenland; the demand, in China, for rhinoceros horns for the cure of rheumatism
(...) Because all things are inter-related--continuous--of an underlying oneness.
If "mass psychology" applies definitely to one occurrence,
it must, even though almost imperceptibly, apply to all occurrences.
Phenomena of a man alone on a desert island can be explained in terms of "mass psychology"
-- inasmuch as the mind of no ma n is a unit, but is a community of mental states that influence one another.
All biologic phenomena act to adjust: there are no biologic actions other than adjustments.
Adjustment is another name for Equilibrium.
Equilibrium is the Universal, or that which has nothing external to derange it.
By the statistic method I could "prove" that a black rain has fallen "regularly" every seven months, somewhere upon this earth. To do this, I'd
have to include red rains and yellow rains, but, conventionally, I'd pick out the black particles in red substances and in yellow substances and
disregard the rest. Then, too, if here and there a black rain should be a week early or a month late that would be "acceleration" or
If the whole world should seem to combine against you, it is only unreal combination, or intermediateness to unity and disunity. Every resistance is
itself divided into parts resisting one another. The simplest strategy seems to be never bother to fight a thing: set its own parts fighting one