Saturday, September 15, 2007

Quotes on Thinking

Now that is a topic that is often on my mind; thinking, and well, er, hm, them that can't seem to get their shit together enough to find two brain cells that can form a thought. Or, consider the people who are basically full of shit. Now it would be inaccurate of me to say that bullshitters can not think, but their thinking is artificially retarded (I use the word in the sense of the discipline of chemistry; we are talking about brain chemistry if we are thinking about thinking, right?) I mean, why the fawk would someone allow them self to look like a total idiot in public by holding on to some discredited if not dis proven opinion, if they were not experiencing some sort of bio-chemical-related damper of their cognitive functions?

{Um. Come to think of it there is an alternative answer to that. They might be unfortunately and ill-advisedly confederated to some deviant and bigoted group that only admits the like-minded, and rejects those who are not 99% pure. Or, they might not want to take the risk of breaking ranks with their bigoted group and loose that perverse and unnatural sense of belonging one gets when one is ensconced in the bosom of a narrow-minded, too-similar, basically shallow and ultimately valueless but group think-reinforcing gang of dysfunctional delusionals. For the record, all points of the political compass have such bigoted, group-deluding, narcissistic clubs. So for the record I am saying that is every bit as much a shameless group that thinks thier own farts smell sweet, ever as much as the American Talibans over at Focus on the Family or the NRA, or the John Birchers, or any of them other narcissistic fart-sniffers, be they well know or not even on the grid! }

Ok, I confess (as there is NO POINT in denying it, after that side bar) that I am still sorta under the influence of the politics of the day, even if I have been merely a rubber-necker in the conflicts of the week. In any event, sorry.

I am trying to get my head out of the gutter and at least up to street level. So here goes, with quotes:

The greater part of mankind may be divided into two classes; that of shallow thinkers who fall short of the truth; and that of abstruse thinkers who go beyond it.
- David Hume

Thinkers are scarce as gold; but he whose thoughts embrace all his subject, and who pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The profound thinker always suspects that he is superficial.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril.
- John Dewey

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
- Henry Ford

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.
- Albert Einstein

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.
- Walter Lippmann


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