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Last quote from Darwin’s autobiography

The final paragraphs. My habits are methodical, and this has been of not a little use for my particular line of work. Lastly, I have had ample leisure from not having to earn my own bread. Even ill-health, though it has annihilated several years of my life, has saved me from the distractions of society…

God, monkeys and snakes

Darwin at his best–always questioning the very foundations. With respect to immortality,1 nothing shows me how strong and almost instinctive a belief it is, as the consideration of the view now held by most physicists, namely that the sun with all the planets will in time grow too cold for life, unless indeed some great…

Succinct and spot-on. This is Darwin speculating that he thinks the prevalent feeling of the world is happiness rather than pain. Some writers indeed are so much impressed with the amount of suffering in the world, that they doubt if we look to all sentient beings, whether there is more of misery or of happiness;–whether…

Stupid CCTV

CCTV in Birmingham. CCTV does not justify its use and cost,in most cases. The money spent on unnecessary CCTV costs twice–the money lost and opportunity lost to spend the money on better training and better recruitment.

This was the time when Darwin was studying for his B.A at Cambridge. But no pursuit at Cambridge was followed with nearly so much eagerness or gave me so much pleasure as collecting beetles. It was the mere passion for collecting, for I did not dissect them and rarely compared their external characters with published…

Beetles of the World

A fantastic flickr set with geotags and all.

to my mind there are no advantages and many disadvantages in lectures compared with reading. Dr. Duncan’s lectures on Materia Medica at 8 o’clock on a winter’s morning are something fearful to remember. Dr. Munro made his lectures on human anatomy as dull, as he was himself, and the subject disgusted me. It has proved…

Corn and Campaign Money

Lessig’s TEDxBoston talk (this is not organized by TED, but by other people in TED spirit, hence TEDx).

I’ll keep quoting as I read through. Don’t want to add anything myself and sully the experience of reading Darwin. I have heard my father and elder sisters say that I had, as a very young boy, a strong taste for long solitary walks; but what I thought about I know not. I often became…

Kathy Sierra on Social Media

If you don’t know her, google and learn. Completely agree with her assessment of the near irrelevance of Social Media if you aren’t focussing on the important things in life.