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memeengine:

"…every word [we speak] has a subterranean fight…"

Oh, what it must be like in Douglas Hofstadter’s head!

This is a couple-minute excerpt from his lecture on Analogy being the Source of Cognition.  In this bit, he speaks about how different words fit different situations by virtue of the analogies we draw between situations.  The slips of the tongue we are all so familiar with are evidence of this, he claims.

PS - if you can see the album art, notice that the script at the top is a rotation of the script at the bottom, and they both read: Douglas Hofstadter!

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"I looked at her face, and I looked so deeply that I felt I was behind her eyes. And all at once I found myself saying as tears flowed, That’s me. That’s me. And those simple words brought back many thoughts that I had had before, about the fusion of our souls into one higher level entity, about the fact that at the core of both our souls lay our identical hopes and dreams for our children, about the notion that those hopes were not separate or distinct hopes, but were just one hope, one clear thing that defined us both, that welded us into a unit – the kind of unit I had but dimly imagined before being married and having children. I realized that, though Carol had died, that core piece of her had not died at all, but had lived on very determinedly in my brain."

— Douglas Hofstadter (via aboyinmidair)

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humblydead:

Deep down your brain is a chaotic seething soup of particles. On a higher level it is a jungle of neurons, and on a yet higher level it is a network of abstractions that we call “symbols.” The most central and complex symbol is the one you call “I.” An “I” is a strange loop where the brain’s…

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(Source: gender-hurts, via gender-hurts)

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becausegoodbye:

"Making sense of life" — the phrasing gets it all wrong. "Sense" implies orderliness, categorisation, everything in its own little drawer. What matters is responding to life, wholly and courageously, in all its ambiguities and dissonances. ‘Knowing’ and ‘understanding’ don’t matter half as much as appreciating — appreciating how strange it is to be anything at all, and those who are around to share in it.

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demandaustralia:

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demandaustralia:

One note = one vote in our heart. Like or reblog to vote! Go Australia!

The Fault in Our Stars is going national! Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and John Green will be traveling the United States and they will visit the 10 states with the most notes on the corresponding post. Want to make sure they remember that they have fans outside of USA? Demand the stars come to Australia! Just like and reblog this GIF, and spread the word: each note on Tumblr equals a higher chance this post gets seen. The post that has the most votes by April 25 will receive a visit from The Fault in Our Stars tour, but what if one of them happened to be for a different country? 

That’s the thing about Australia… It demands to be felt.

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"A “postmodern” boss insists that he is not a master but just a coordinator of our joint creative efforts, the first among equals; there should be no formalities among us, we should address him by his nickname, he shares a dirty joke with us … but during all this, he remains our master. In such a social link, relations of domination function through their denial: in order to be operative, they have to be ignored. We are not only obliged to obey our masters, we are also obliged to act as if we are free and equal, as if there was no domination - which, of course, makes the situation even more humiliating. Paradoxically, in such a situation, the first act of liberation is to demand from the master that he act like one: one should reject false collegiality from the master and insist that he treat us with cold distance, as a master."

— Slavoj Zizek, In Defense of Lost Causes (via murphisthinking)

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"Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares."

Daniel Dennett

Just a reminder that your whole is far greater than the sum of your parts.

At least we know and care who they are!

(via jtotheizzoe)

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"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martialarts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad."

— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (via mar-see-ah)

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chasertiff:

When I say “boys are dumb” what I really mean is “boys have been raised in a patriarchal society that forces them into an incorrect and problematic view of masculinity that not only forces them to strip away valuable virtues from themselves, like patience and gentleness, but also forces them them to view and treat women in unhealthy ways that devalues women as people and makes them into objects purely for a man’s benefit”

but it’s a lot faster to say “boys are dumb”