"When the story of this period comes to be written, one thing that will astonish historians is the complaisant ease with which billions of apparently sane people allowed themselves to be monitored and manipulated by government security agencies and giant corporations"
— John Naughton, Facebook: the extreme end of corporate sociopathy
"It’s a little bit as though the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declared himself the Holy Roman Emperor"
— Juan Cole, discussing ISIS
"Nothing, at first view, may seem more unbounded than the thought of man, which not only escapes all human power and authority, but is not even restrained within the limits of nature and reality. To form monsters, and join incongruous shapes and appearances, costs the imagination no more trouble than to conceive the most natural and familiar objects. And while the body is confined to one planet, along which it creeps with pain and difficulty; the thought can in an instant transport us into the most distant regions of the universe… That the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the square of the two sides, expresses a relation between these figures. That three times five is equal to the half of thirty expresses a relation between these numbers. Propositions of this kind are discoverable by the mere operation of thought, without dependence on what is any where existent in the universe. Though there never were a circle or triangle in nature, the truths, demonstrated by Euclid, would forever retain their certainty and evidence."
— Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
"And if you take down the central government in Iraq, you could easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off"
"Turing predicted that by the year 2000, computers would be able to fool 30 percent of human judges after five minutes of conversation, and that as a result, one would ‘be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.’"
"They said he wandered away on hash. That might have been me."
— John Waters, regarding Bowe Bergdahl - Real Time 6/6/14