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The Gift of Grief is the depth of feeling one finds—often for the first time in one's life—in grief.


What to be thinking when encountering another person: how does it feel to be you.


Beware of any organization that requires a belief as a condition of membership.


Einstein said that the problem of the Now worried him seriously. He explained that the experience of the Now means something special for man, something essentially different from the past and the future, but that this important difference does not and cannot occur within physics. That this experience cannot be grasped by science seemed to him a matter of painful but inevitable resignation. So he concluded that there is something essential about the Now which is just outside the realm of science. Rudolf Carnap


Those who do not stop asking silly questions become scientists. Leon Lederman, Physicist


Even if you had $1 billion, you would still have to exercise.


Our emotions, feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and even (or especially) our spiritual experiences, are no more than subjective experiences. They are experiences that take place within our own heads and should not be glorified as more than that. Yet our subjective experiences are our lives. They are all that we have in the world. They are what we fall in love with in each other; they are what characterize us as being alive; they are what make us part of the community of sentient beings—beings who have subjective experiences. It is important to treat ourselves and our subjective experience (and others and their subjective experience) with kindness, respect, and compassion—concepts which themselves make sense only within the realm of subjective experience.


After enlightenment, the laundry. Buddhist saying.


Women's primal fear: loss of the ability to excite a man. Men's primal fear: loss of the ability to respond to a woman. Maureen Dowd, columnist, The New York Times


Humans are the only species capable of forming concepts— and through them of imagining the world as different from the way it is— and then changing the world to conform to those imagined ideas.


If you lived now, you'd be home here. Cartoon in tricycle


Boys grow up learning to say, "Look what I can do." Girls grow up learning to say, "Look what I can feel."


An empirical answer to an existential question A chicken and an egg are lying in bed together. One looks quite satisfied; the other distinctly dissatisfied. One turns to the other and says, "I guess that settles that." An old New Yorker cartoon


You are only as sick as your secrets. Emily Colas, Just Checking: Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive Compulsive


Term and definition Melodrama Artificially generated emotion focused on the conceptualization of a real feeling or emotion.


Term and definition Suffering The terribleness of pain. Danial Dennett, Prof. Philosophy, Tufts University The artificially generated emotion produced by treating real physical or emotional pain melodramatically.


A forecast needs to be believable, plausible, and internally consistent. Reality labors under no such constraints. Paul Saffo, futurist


Of all the world's wonders, which is the most wonderful?

That no man, though he sees others dying all around him, believes that he himself will die. The Mahabharata


Term and definition Subjective Existing only in the mind; illusory. Relating to the real nature of something; essential. Two of the eight definitions listed by Atomica.


Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things      and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize winning physicist