"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder'."
- Aldous Huxley
"We are The Superior-ness of Emotions."
(as my blood did the Samba,
through my veins)
'The Western notion that the body is simply a holding bay for some other thing called consciousness seems to me to be a literally archaic and often reactionary idea, harking back to notions of the soul, the spirit etc. Cyberspace seems to have ushered in a new era of interest in gnosticism, the mind/body split, and disembodied notions of consciousness, but I see the implications of cybernetics working in completely different directions - erasing the mind/body distinction rather than reinforcing it. As the complexity and intelligence of both organic and inorganic matter becomes increasingly apparent, the notion that the materiality of the body renders it passive and inert becomes increasingly redundant. And much of the current research on neurochemistry, neural networks, and complex systems of many kinds seems to suggest that many of what were once thought to be idealist, immaterial, intangible constructs are in fact the products of extremely complex material events. Add to these more subtle developments the possibility of prostheses blurring the boundaries of the supposedly natural and individuated body, and the increasing interconnectivities of neural and information networks, and a very different notion of the body begins to emerge. Change comes to both the reality and our perceptions of both sides of the equation: the mind seems more material, and the body acquires a sense of its own intelligence.'
- Sadie Plant
"You keep lyin' when you oughta be truthin'
You keep losing when you oughta not bet
You keep samin' when you oughta be a'changin'
What's right is right but you ain't been right yet
These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you"
Culture is not your friend.
was the man! Among many others. ;-) And since was raised in the only place in the US that Abe actually stood and christened in his name with the juice of a watermelon, I have to say, so was Abe.
In the words of the lyricist we all love:
"There are things you can replace
And others you can not
The time has come to weigh those things..."
"experiment with your own consciousness"
"Of all the things I miss the most"
"If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
- Terence McKenna
"You have no oath registered in
Heaven to destroy the government,
while I shall have the most solemn
one to preserve, protect and defend
'They say, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." But I think the guns help. Just standing there saying, "Bang!" doesn't really hurt anybody.'
- Eddie Izzard