For my own reference more than anything, and presented without context, all of the text I highlighted in the e-books I read in 2020. Odd formatting from PDFs, accidental highlighting of extra words, and other quirks along those lines have not been corrected.

After all, the weird, perhaps more so than any other mode of literature, invites fresh perspectives and is open to multiple interpretations. What’s weird for you isn’t necessarily what’s weird for me.

Year’s Best Weird Fiction (Unknown)

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Fall deepened and thickened and the air above and over our heads grew cold, but the gold and red leaves and the earth itself were still hot to the touch, as though the trees were drawing up and throwing off some unseen underground fire.

The News (Alain de Botton)

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To consult the news is to raise a seashell to our ears and to be overpowered by the roar of humanity.

The News (Alain de Botton)

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are institutionally committed to implying that it is inevitably better to have a shaky and partial grasp of a subject this minute than to wait for a more secure and comprehensive understanding somewhere down the line.

A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin)

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A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K. Le Guin)

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and wondered what was the good of having power if you were too wise to use it,

Gratitude (Oliver Sacks)

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I had been given not a remission, but an intermission, a time to deepen friendships, to see patients, to write, and to travel back to my homeland,

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Carlo Rovelli)

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It’s as if God had not designed reality with a line that was heavily scored but just dotted it with a faint outline.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Carlo Rovelli)

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If we are special, we are only special in the way that everyone feels themselves to be, like every mother is for her child. Certainly not for the rest of nature.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Carlo Rovelli)

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Within the immense ocean of galaxies and stars we are in a remote corner; amid the infinite arabesques of forms that constitute reality, we are merely a flourish among innumerably many such flourishes.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Carlo Rovelli)

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We have a hundred billion neurons in our brains, as many as there are stars in a galaxy, with an even more astronomical number of links and potential combinations through which they can interact. We are not conscious of all of this. “We” are the process formed by this entire intricacy, not just by the little of it of which we are conscious.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Carlo Rovelli)

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This strange, multicolored, and astonishing world that we explore—where space is granular, time does not exist, and things are nowhere—is not something that estranges us from our true selves, for this is only what our natural curiosity reveals to us about the place of our dwelling.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (Carlo Rovelli)

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We are made of the same stardust of which all things are made, and when we are immersed in suffering or when we are experiencing intense joy, we are being nothing other than what we can’t help but be: a part of our world.

Conscious (Annaka Harris)

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being on the earth doesn’t separate us from the rest of the universe; indeed, we are and have always been in outer space.

The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

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Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the identity of the individual spirit with the universal Spirit. It can be achieved neither by Yoga (physical training), nor by Sankhya (speculative philosophy), nor by the practice of religious ceremonies, nor by mere learning.…

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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Welive in a meaning-rupture because we are human and the universe is not.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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there is something about religion that is more completely centered oncontemplating the rupture—perhaps it is because no end product (canvas,performance, or text) is expected or construed as the central point of theadventure. With religion, the point of the exercise is enlightenment; it is toteach us to live, well and wide awake, in our strange place between mean-ing and meaninglessness.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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“This worldorder, the same for all, no one of gods or men has made, but it always wasand is and shall be: an ever living fire, kindling in measures and going outin measures.”

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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What is fascinating is that Plato’ssolution is both logical and transcendent. Here one does not use logic toconquer chaos. Rather, one uses logic because the logic itself is beauty, istruth. Plato offers the amazing idea that contemplation of the way thingsreally are is, in itself, a purifying process that can bring human beings intothe only divinity there is.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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Theexperience of doubt in a heterogeneous, cosmopolitan world is a bit likebeing lost in a forest, unendingly beckoned by a thousand possible routes.At every juncture, with every step, one is confronted with alternative paths,so that the second-guessing becomes more infuriating even than the fact ofbeing lost.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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We are the stuff of the universe, momentarilysentient, but aside from that little piece of weirdness, we are already home.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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What is more, urged Epicurus, life is full of sweetness. We might as wellenjoy it; we might as well really make an art of appreciating pleasure.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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such notionsare not of much use if one simply understands the ideas. They have to bestudied until they are fully integrated and accepted in one’s whole being—as with the Cynics, the pursuit of these ideas required devotion.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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Exercise thyself in these and kindred precepts day and night, both by thyselfand with him who is like thee; then never, either in waking or in dream, willyou be disturbed, but will live as a God among people. For people lose allappearance of mortality by living in the midst of immortal blessings.^^

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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Yet this realism did notblind him to wonder: we see, with beauty in mind, a world that may nothave been designed with beauty in mind. Indeed,

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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According to convention, I am not simply what I am doing now. I am also what I have done, and my conventionally edited version of my past is made to seem almost more the real “me” than what I am at this moment. For what I am seems so fleeting and intangible, but what I was is fixed and final. It is the firm basis for predictions of what I will be in the future, and so it comes about that I am more closely identified with what no longer exists than with what actually is!

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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For it is really impossible to appreciate what is meant by the Tao without becoming, in a rather special sense, stupid. So long as the conscious intellect is frantically trying to clutch the world in its net of abstractions, and to insist that life be bound and fitted to its rigid categories, the mood of Taoism will remain incomprehensible; and the intellect will wear itself out.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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“Whether the universe is a concourse of atoms, or nature is a sys-tem, let this first be established, that I am a part of the whole which is gov-erned by nature; next, I am in a manner intimately related to the partswhich are of the same kind with myself” We are all one. The result of thisrealization would be not only our own inner calm, but also an attitude ofpatience and generosity toward other people, even fools. “Men exist for the sake of one another,” counseled the emperor, “Teach them then or bearwith them.”

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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All drivellers.Well then, man: do what nature now requires. Set

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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Set thyself in motion, if it isin thy power, and do not look about thee to see if any one will observe it;nor yet expect Plato’s Republic: but be content if the smallest thing goes onwell, and consider such an event to be no small matter.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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We’re all just waiting, that’s what I believe.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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“Research . . . reveals a staggering finding: contemplating the future could be the brain’s default mode of operation. But this is not wasteful daydreaming or, as the phrase goes, a case of ‘wishing our lives away.’ Mental time-travel into the future matters. . . . It affects our judgments, our emotional states and the decisions we make.”

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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But waiting, much more often than not, entails many other characteristics than gloominess, the dour, the hopeless, and the boring. Waiting can quite often be OK. Waiting can even be fun. Waiting can sometimes be something to look forward to. Waiting, when you come to think of it, can be a very sympathetic characteristic in another person that you know well. It can show their capacity for kindness and for thoughtfulness and it can even demonstrate their affection.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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there may be two ways of contemplating waiting. You can focus on the situation or you can focus on the experience. The

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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there may be two ways of contemplating waiting. You can focus on the situation or you can focus on the experience.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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of waiting for these individuals may be quite a different thing. Their

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Claudia Hammond, in Time Warped, has an even stranger formulation for the experience of queuing. She explains “people at the back of a queue are more likely to see time as moving towards them, while people at the front see themselves as moving through time.”

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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“waiting entails the emotional experience of a situation that involves staying where you are until a particular time or event or until the arrival of a particular person—or both.”

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Research has suggested that while you are waiting for something usually stimulating or sometimes enjoyable to happen—before it happens, I mean—there can be a dopamine release. This dopamine release is pleasurable and seems to act as a little gift to the brain for the waiting. Expectation, you could say, is followed by a reward.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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dopamine “can be linked to . . . emotional states, such as grandiosity, elation, and even euphoria . . . [but that it is] also associated with emotional detachment and social isolation”?

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Waiting is an experience that’s firmly rooted within the animal body—it’s not just rooted in the situations relating to time (like queuing, for example) in which the body is situated. Waiting, or a waiting that is effective, a waiting that doesn’t spill over into the opposite extremes of dread and fear or of exuberance, is based on just the right measure within the brain of either serotonin or dopamine.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Strangely enough in the case of the vervets, that practice doesn’t seem to depend on the specific partner, baby, or friend. It’s provided by the community in which the creature lives and by its expectations and habits. This

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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decrease in anxiety firmly to beneficial levels of serotonin. It’s easy to see how this capacity to wait, this minimizing of anxiety, benefits the group. The stability that affiliative grooming and its resulting serotonin enables seems to create a very safe world in which the little vervet can function.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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If social ties are what help patience how to deal with no socialising

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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an act of powerful waiting. Tracy

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Louise and Spencer stayed married until his death, for more than 40 years, an act of powerful waiting.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Im not sure i buy this as waiting

is there a difference between waiting and enduring

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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“misery is when no more waiting is possible.”

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Pausing looks to the resumption of activity and is a period of waiting that takes place within, and sometimes at the beginning of some longer activity.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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The opioid blocker Naltrex, he concluded, may reduce the amount of pleasure that listeners get from actually listening to their favorite song, but they still enjoy just as much being paused, waiting to hear their favorite song, all thanks to the dopamine release.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Claudia Hammond does have a lot to say about how the experience of felt time can entail the sense of the deceleration of time. She relates this particularly to dread, but perhaps it works as well with dread’s opposite, strong pleasure.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Suspense makes the body clock run more slowly, or at least we perceive time to run more slowly. If the suspense entails something dangerous, then dread or fear seems to be responsible for the deceleration

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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The situation of waiting tells you zero about the experience of waiting.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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the skeptical and ever pessimistic Estragon? Or is it just me? The play is also very popular because it appeals, dare I say it, to an adolescent strain in many of us that sees the world as something where you wait without expectation and in which waiting without hope is the dominant characterizer

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Waiting for Godot was composed in a period during which waiting without hope seemed to be understood as the defining characteristic of what it was to be human. It was a period that played on easy alienation and existential waiting.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Heidegger seems to believe that this sort of waiting and the boredom that it may engender helps us to understand our genuine selves

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Self-awareness is encouraged by waiting and boredom, Sartre believes, in much the same way as it was for Heidegger. There follows, he maintained, a gap between the self-knowledge waiting and boredom can produce

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Self-awareness is encouraged by waiting and boredom, Sartre believes, in much the same way as it was for Heidegger. There follows, he maintained, a gap between the self-knowledge waiting and boredom can produce and that which is lost when we are merely acting our roles.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Dread, waiting in fear for something bad to happen, is said to be exacerbated by the amount of time spent waiting.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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dread I mean, seems to have served Tess Christian very well.6 Psychologists

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Psychologists believe they can demonstrate that most individuals will chose more pain sooner, rather than a drawn-out easier process of pain

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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columnist and Barnard College sociologist, Elizabeth Bernstein.13 “But if you’ve worried, you’ve done a lot of the psychological work already, no matter the outcome,”

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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turns out there is a way to ‘wait well,’ researchers say. People who feel anxious or pessimistic or who ruminate while awaiting news fare better than others when it finally arrives, the researchers say. (There really is hope for me.) Such people are more prepared for bad news and more excited about good news.”

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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“people can wait in such a way as to ease their distress during the waiting period. Second, people could wait in such a way as to ease the pain of bad news or enhance the thrill of good news.”

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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“Participants who suffered through a waiting period marked,” Sweeny explains, “by anxiety, rumination, and pessimism responded more productively to bad news and more joyfully to good news, as copared with participants who suffered little during the wait.”14

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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The aim is to turn dread and waiting to your own advantage, whether it is through eloquent complaint or working-class humor.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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solitary and disgusting side of boredom acts as a vigorous enemy of waiting. It takes away the pairing, and what remains is a restless solitude.8 That’s

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Maybe they are, but that’s not really the point of their laments. Their worlds embody the permanent extinction of engagement (a personal connection with the world around), their worlds enforce the extinction of curiosity (how can you be curious when you are completely unable to explore?), and the extinction of interest (which is impossible on Jean-Do’s Sundays).9 None of these solitaries seem to exemplify the experience of waiting—it’s boredom or depression or just being on your own.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Boredom wants you to move on. Its simplest correlate is escape. Waiting, on the other hand, offers its adaptive advantage from a person’s staying and from their focus on something that in the future will arrive. Boredom is really an enemy of waiting. Boredom is the enemy of staying put.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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thought of as an emotion in its own right? Staying and arrival, both at the heart of the definition of waiting, also help us to understand how waiting could assume the status of an emotion in its own right.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Staying and arrival, both at the heart of the definition of waiting, also help us to understand how waiting could assume the status of an emotion in its own right.

Hold On (Toohey, Peter)

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Waiting, as an experience within the brain, seems to have a limited range that’s defined especially by the presence of serotonin and dopamine and by their focus on staying and arrival.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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great teachers of Zen have urged keeping oneself in a constant stateof unknowing, and they have excelled in generating an attitude of question-ing that is sustained and vivid in its wonder, yet blank and unhopeful inrelation to answers.

The Strange Bird (Jeff VanderMeer)

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Because they felt they had the right. Because the situation was extreme and the world was dying. So they had gone on doing the same things that had destroyed the world, to save it.

The Strange Bird (Jeff VanderMeer)

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Yet what did it matter. For what are bodies? Where do they end and where do they begin? And why must they be constant? Why must they be strong? So much was leaving her, but of the winnowing, the Strange Bird sang for joy. She sang for joy. Not because she had not suffered or been reduced. But because she was finally free and the world could not be saved, but nor would it be destroyed.

Notes of a native son (Baldwin, James, 1924-1987)

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In the context of the Negro problem neither whites nor blacks, for excellent reasons of their own, have the faintest desire to look back; but I think that the past is all that makes the present coherent, and further, that the past will remain horrible for exactly as long as we refuse to assess it honestly.

Notes of a native son (Baldwin, James, 1924-1987)

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This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.

Notes of a native son (Baldwin, James, 1924-1987)

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In overlooking, denying, evading his complexity— which is nothing more than the disquieting complexity of ourselves—^we are diminished and we perish; only within this web of ambiguity, paradox, this hunger, danger, darkness, can we find at once ourselves and the power that will free us from ourselves.

Notes of a native son (Baldwin, James, 1924-1987)

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Notes of a native son (Baldwin, James, 1924-1987)

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It is the peculiar triumph of society—and its loss— that it is able to convince those people to whom it has given inferior status of the reaUty of this decree; it has the force and the weapons to translate its dictum into fact, so that the allegedly inferior are actually made so, insofar as the societal reaUties are concerned.

Notes of a native son (Baldwin, James, 1924-1987)

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But our humanity is our burden, our life; we need not battle for it; we need only to do what is infini tely more difficult—that is, accept it.

Notes of a native son (Baldwin, James, 1924-1987)

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Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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There is cer-tainly no point in trying to return to the level of the naive and derivativebelief once it has been left, since a condition of being at such a level is thatone should not know one is there; when a man comes to know that, the glass of his naive beliefs is broken.

The Soul of an Octopus (Sy Montgomery)

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animals “are not brethren, they are not underlings” but beings “gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.”

The Soul of an Octopus (Sy Montgomery)

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Jennifer Mather and Roland Anderson. Jennifer, a psychologist at the University of Lethbridge in Canada, is one of the world’s leading researchers on octopus intelligence;

Dead Astronauts (Jeff VanderMeer)

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Caught in mid-flight or huddled in corners. The runneling

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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what the culture of Taoism and Zen proposes is that one might become the kind of person who, without intending it, is a source of marvelous accidents.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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To say, then, that the world of facts and events is maya is to say that facts and events are terms of measurement rather than realities of nature. We must, however, expand the concept of measurement to include setting bounds of all kinds, whether by descriptive classification or selective screening. It will thus be easy to see that facts and events are as abstract as lines of latitude or as feet and inches.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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is said to have begun at the moment of parturition,

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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To the restless temperament of the West, sitting meditation may seem to be an unpleasant discipline, because we do not seem to be able to sit “just to sit” without qualms of conscience, without feeling that we ought to be doing something more important to justify our existence. To propitiate this restless conscience, sitting meditation must therefore be regarded as an exercise, a discipline with an ulterior motive. Yet at that very point it ceases to be meditation (dhyana) in the Buddhist sense, for where there is purpose, where there is seeking and grasping for results, there is no dhyana.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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each single form, just as it is, is the void and that, further, the uniqueness of each form arises from the fact that it exists in relation to every other form

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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The unnatural awkwardness of a certain type of self-consciousness comes into being when we are aware of conflict or contrast between the idea of ourselves, on the one hand, and the immediate, concrete feeling of ourselves, on the other.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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From the Buddhist point of view, reality itself has no meaning since it is not a sign, pointing to something beyond itself.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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It does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

The Art of Simple Living (Shunmyo Masuno)

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Humans are not capable of thinking while we are moving.

The Art of Simple Living (Shunmyo Masuno)

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This is counter to a lot of writing on the value of walking and thinking…

Dreaming the end of the world : apocalypse as a rite of passage (Hill, Michael Ortiz)

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opposite: the fear and the actuality of the uncontrollable. Just as we have insisted with Messianic fervor that the New Age required the unconditional surrender of the enemy, so also, apparently, does it require the unconditional surrender of that vast field of unpredictability and otherness called nature.

Dreaming the end of the world : apocalypse as a rite of passage (Hill, Michael Ortiz)

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community from what might emerge from that abyss. The dream at the end of the world hearkens back to a mythical landscape where the realm of wilderness, wildness, maternal darkness, underworld and death was defeated so that the logos of the new urban order could reign supreme.

Dreaming the end of the world : apocalypse as a rite of passage (Hill, Michael Ortiz)

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The dream at the end of the world hearkens back to a mythical landscape where the realm of wilderness, wildness, maternal darkness, underworld and death was defeated so that the logos of the new urban order could reign supreme.

Dreaming the end of the world : apocalypse as a rite of passage (Hill, Michael Ortiz)

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In the “developed” world, much of what has become the fabric of post-traditional, consumerist society can be read for its subtext as a desperate scrambling to protect the naked psyche. From this perspective, there is a common root to taking refuge in drugs or alcohol, say, with taking refuge in the fundamentalist mind-set where religious, political or ideological absolutes cocoon one from the uncertainty of living in this era.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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The art is most difficult for those who have developed the sensitive intellect to such a point that they cannot help making predictions about the future, and so must be kept in a constant whirl of activity to forestall them.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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If life comes, this is life. If death comes, this is death. There is no reason for your being under their control. Don’t put any hope in them. This life and death are the life of the Buddha. If you try to throw them away in denial, you lose the life of the Buddha.3

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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no point. It hurries on and on, and misses everything. Not hurrying, the purposeless life misses nothing, for it is only when there is no goal and no rush that the human senses are fully open to receive the world.

The Way of Zen (Alan W. Watts)

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Not hurrying, the purposeless life misses nothing, for it is only when there is no goal and no rush that the human senses are fully open to receive the world.

Dreaming the end of the world : apocalypse as a rite of passage (Hill, Michael Ortiz)

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let nothing be called natural In an age of bloody confusion

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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people wouldnever be superstitious if the world was orderly, or if they were always lucky,”but being frequently driven into straits where rules are useless, and beingoften kept fluctuating pitiably between hope and fear,” people “are conse-quently, for the most part, very prone to credulity.” Here’s

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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Team Human (Unknown)

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socially fulfilled people need less money, experience less shame, behave less predictably, and act more autonomously.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Survival of the fittest is a convenient way to justify the cutthroat ethos of a competitive marketplace, political landscape, and culture. But this perspective misconstrues the theories of Darwin as well as his successors. By viewing evolution though a strictly competitive lens, we miss the bigger story of our own social development and have trouble understanding humanity as one big, interconnected team.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Humans are defined not by our superior hunting ability so much as by our capacity to communicate, trust, and share.

Team Human (Unknown)

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What makes humans special is that we can also bind time. We don’t need to experience everything for ourselves over the course of a single lifetime. Instead, we benefit from the experiences of our predecessors, who can tell us what they’ve learned.

Team Human (Unknown)

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When we can’t see ourselves as part of an enduring organism, we focus instead on our individual mortality. We engage in futile gestures of permanence, from acquiring wealth to controlling other people.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Those competing individuals never find true autonomy, however, because they lack the social fabric in which to exercise it.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Gone are the collaborative urges that characterize embodied social interaction. In their place comes another bastardized Darwinian ideal: a battle for survival of the fittest meme.

Team Human (Unknown)

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To be truly social starts to feel like a restraint—like the yoke of political correctness, or a compromising tolerance of those whose very existence weakens our stock.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Instead of compensating for the utilitarian quality of workers’ lives, education becomes an extension of it. Where learning was the purpose—the figure—in the original model of public education, now it is the ground, or merely the means through which workers are prepared for their jobs.

Team Human (Unknown)

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The primary purpose of the internet had changed from supporting a knowledge economy to growing an attention economy.

Team Human (Unknown)

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We forget that those notations are an approximation of music, a compromised way of documenting an embodied expression of human emotion and artistry as a system of symbols so that it can be re-created by someone else.

Team Human (Unknown)

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instead of determining the investment required to insulate oneself from the world, we can look instead at how much of our time, energy, and money we need to invest in the world so that it doesn’t become a place we need to insulate ourselves from in the first place.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Things in nature grow to a certain point and then stop.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Commercial work with a central figure, rising tension, and a satisfying resolution succeeds because it plays to our fears of uncertainty, boredom, and ambiguity—fears generated by the market values driving our society in the first place.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Our renaissance potentially brings us from a world of objects to one of connections and patterns. The world can be understood as a fractal, where each piece reflects the whole. Nothing can be isolated or externalized since it’s always part of the larger system.

Team Human (Unknown)

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The other person’s position—even a heinous one—still derives from some human sensibility, however distorted by time, greed, war, or oppression. To find that core humanity, resonate with it, and retrieve its essential truth, we have to be willing to listen to our adversaries as if they were human.

Team Human (Unknown)

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Money, debt, jobs, slavery, countries, race, corporatism, stock markets, brands, religions, government, and taxes are all human inventions. We made them up, but we now act as if they’re unchangeable laws.

Team Human (Unknown)

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We mistakenly treat the future as something to prepare for.

Doubt (Jennifer Michael Hecht)

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The Tangled Tree (David Quammen)

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“The kingdoms are man’s classification,” he added, and their meaning derives only from the fact that we humans choose to recognize them, purely for our convenience in organizing biological knowledge. This is similar to what he had said about plant communities: that the communities, as distinct from individual plants or populations of this species or that, have a “low degree of reality” in the tangible world.

The Tangled Tree (David Quammen)

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