Saturday, August 16, 2014

Every technology will alienate you from some part of your life.  That is its job.  Your job is to notice.

Michael Harris, as quoted by The Economist (August 16, 2014)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Mammalian minds evolved to track external dangers and opportunities.... Only humans acquired an ability to focus solely on internal thoughts.... [But] people go to surprisingly great lengths to avoid being stranded with their own thoughts.

Science News, People Find Solitude Distressing

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Today’s news is always old news. The innocent get slaughtered and someone makes up excuses.

Charles Simic, Portable Hell (NYR)