Luglio 29, 2014 at 5:08pm
The “un-naturalness” of a solar eclipse is eerie and chilling. All becomes hushed and there is a strong uncanny sensation of impending disaster, of being within the control of some awful power. In ancient times, the awesome phenomenon must have aroused great fear, anxiety and wonder. The combatants saw the eclipse as disapproval of their warfare, and as a warning. They ceased fighting and a peace agreement was reached between the two kings.
— Thales of Miletus [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Maggio 25, 2014 at 8:03pm
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Maggio 21, 2014 at 5:48pm
"What IS fire? We just don’t know." (via Burning Pollen)
Aprile 8, 2014 at 8:55pm
Evidentemente, qualcuno pensa che il problema del nazismo non fosse che si moriva, ma solo che morivano quelli sbagliati, e fare la stessa cosa a quelli giusti e’ ok.
— La caccia agli irrequieti, II - QUALCOSA®
Gennaio 11, 2014 at 5:29pm
Anarchy in the UK
Gennaio 6, 2014 at 8:19am
Even more striking is that, on average, Japanese and Dutch 25-34 year-olds who have only completed high school easily outperform Italian or Spanish university graduates of the same age.
— OECD Skills Outlook 2013, p. 33
Italian has 23 mutually unintelligible dialects, not including hand gestures.
Romance Linguistics, University of Washington
Dicembre 22, 2013 at 2:47am
Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers.
— Politics and the English Language / George Orwell
Dicembre 21, 2013 at 8:56pm
Psychics and astrologers were employed to attack the enemy and plan tactics based on the alignment of the stars. Nazis tried to create super-soldiers, using steroids, in a twisted interpretation of Nietzsche’s übermensch, and they sought to reanimate the dead—coffins of famous Germanic warriors were found hidden in a mine, with plans to bring them back to life at the war’s end.
— Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece
Novembre 7, 2013 at 6:08pm
Ottobre 26, 2013 at 12:57am
Ai loro occhi, io sarei quella che – vedendo una persona affogare in mare – non gli lancerebbe un salvagente perché non ha il marchio CE.
— Perché su Stamina i toni sono così violenti - Wired.it
Settembre 21, 2013 at 5:44pm
First image of the far side of the Moon (via Earth’s Moon - Luna 3)