Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ideas that add up #91

“Here, she says, are a bunch of people. They outnumber you, outearn you, outweigh you. They are, ergo — in some simplistic calculation — a  power greater than you. They certainly know more about staying sober than you. . . … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #90

Perhaps my early apathy and indifference are a result of what Thatcher deliberately engendered, the idea that “there is no such thing as society,” that we are alone on our journey through life, solitary atoms of consciousness….The blunt, pathetic reality … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #89

The only really sound [lottery] strategy is to avoid numbers that others pick, since shared numbers mean shared prizes. The Economist, March 23rd 2013 “Lucky” and “unlucky” numbers, number-pattern numbers, previous winning numbers, numbers that are last week’s plus or … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #88

When we look at Vermeer’s servant girl pouring a jug of milk, or a goblet of wine and a herring by Pieter Claesz, we now take for granted that ordinary acts and objects may be intensely charged with sublimity. But … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #87

Even the apparently simple question of where money comes from is hard to answer. It’s not the government printing press; money really originates when banks make loans. And since they charge interest for those loans, part of the endless-economic-growth model … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #86

In the beginning was the list. Baumeister and Tierney in Willpower: Why Self-Control is the Secret to Success Monday’s to-do list: 1/ Let there be light; 2/ Observe light; 3/ Confirm light is good; 4/ Divide light from goodness; 5/ Give name to light (“Day”) … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #85

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne quoted by Stephen Briers in New Humanism, March/April 2013 Eudaemonia, in Aristotle, means … Continue reading

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