Strangers in a strange land.
Before I moved to Finland, I felt as if Americans had a bad tendency of living up to a grossly disliked set of social skills. When I was still in the States, I had lunch with a family friend (who had moved to Finland a year prior) and she was so happy/surprised that strangers were talking to her. After only one year in Finland, her idea of social norms had been completely shattered and replaced...
Protism—the belief that there is another realm of existence populated by pure...– Anathem, Neal Stephenson (via triobelisk)
…people like to think that they are not only living but propagating their...– Anathem, Neal Stephenson
Boredom is a mask that frustration wears.– Anathem, Neal Stephenson
That is the kind of beauty I was trying to get you to see… Nothing is more...– Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
The periodic review of ideas makes it easier to remember them. This works better if you space the reviews over increasing time intervals, a “Spacing Effect” that was first identified by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus.
The better the singer’s voice, the harder it is to believe what...– David Byrne
When there is something new to say to an audience, then we’ll tour again.– David Byrne