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links for 2010-06-24

24 Jun
  • Dunning-Kruger Effect — our incompetence masks our ability to recognize our incompetence. But just how prevalent is this effect?…
    If I were given carte blanche to write about any topic I could, it would be about how much our ignorance, in general, shapes our lives in ways we do not know about. Put simply, people tend to do what they know and fail to do that which they have no conception of. In that way, ignorance profoundly channels the course we take in life. And unknown unknowns constitute a grand swath of everybody’s field of ignorance…
    Unknown unknown solutions haunt the mediocre without their knowledge…People fail to reach their potential as professionals, lovers, parents and people simply because they are not aware of the possible…
    One could argue that evolution suggests we’re not idiots, but I would say, “Well, no. Evolution just makes sure we’re not blithering idiots. But, we could be idiots in a lot of different ways and still make it through the day.”
  • Despite all attempts of mankind to annihilate each other symbolically and literally, we have not yet succeeded. That we have succeeded with each other was sometimes because of our smarts, and just as often despite our smarts. At the end of the day there is still love left.
    The late analyst Hyman Spotnitz, used to say, (perhaps paraphrasing Winston Churchill): "…Never, ever, ever, ever give up"
  • There is an older Hindu nationalist obsession with Hitler. Leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh have at various times praised Hitler’s nationalism, though to be fair, some have also decried Hitler’s anti-Semitism…Hitler’s quest for Aryan supremacy makes some Hindu nationalists nostalgic; his usurping of the swastika makes some feel a vague kinship…
    Such fascination is subliminal, and except for the Hollywood films, there is little to counter it…
    But here’s the irony: on the one hand, some Hindu nationalists want to admire Hitler’s “virtues”. On the other, they see themselves as Israel’s best friends in India, united in a common struggle against Islamic terror. They want closer relations with the Jewish state—while being in awe of the man who attempted to eliminate all Jews…
  • 7) DON'T PUT OFF WHAT COUNTS MOST, ESPECIALLY IF IT SCARES YOU
    I've sometimes procrastinated for years on a step that I've known all along I should take. When I finally take it, miracles start to happen. What would my life look like today, if I'd lived even more courageously and had had more faith in life, my instincts, and myself? I will never know. You, on the other hand, can start finding out, right now. Take that first step, and the next step. You know what they are. Don't wait.
  • * “Few men are able to know all the ill they do.”
    * “We are never made so ridiculous by the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have.”
    * “In misfortunes we often mistake dejection for constancy; we bear them without daring to look on them, as cowards suffer themselves to be killed without resistance.”
    * “We want strength to act up to our reason.”
    * “We easily forget crimes that are known only to ourselves.”
    * “We are sometimes less unhappy in being deceived than in being undeceived by those we love.”
    And “Those who apply themselves too much to little things commonly become incapable of great ones.”
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