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ceci n’est pas un post

novembro 3, 2015

by René MagrittePortrait of René Magritte, 1965, © Duane Michals, Brussels

Je déteste mon passé et celui des autres. Je déteste la résignation, la patience, l’héroïsme professionnel et tous les beaux sentiments obligatoires.

Je déteste aussi les arts décoratifs, le folklore, la publicité, la voix des speakers, l’aérodynamisme, les boyscouts, l’odeur du naphte, l’actualité et les gens saouls. 

J’aime l’humour subversif, les tâches de rousseur, les genoux, les longs cheveux des femmes, les rêves des jeunes enfants en liberté, une jeune fille courant dans la rue.

Je souhaite l’amour vivant, l’impossible et le chimérique. Je redoute de connaître exactement mes limites.

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Note on Science

outubro 16, 2013

Stephen Jay Gould

Gouldmismeasure

Science, since people must do it, is a socially embedded activity. It progresses by hunch, vision, and intuition. Much of its change through time does not record a closer approach to absolute truth, but the alteration of cultural contexts that influence it so strongly. Facts are not pure and unsullied bits of information; culture also influences what we see and how we see it. Theories, moreover, are not inexorable inductions from facts. The most creative theories are often imaginative visions imposed upon facts; the source of imagination is also strongly cultural.

[introduction to “The Mismeasure of Man“, 1981 in Online Etymology Dictionary: Science]

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réussir sa vie

fevereiro 13, 2013

de Ralph Waldo EMERSON (1803-1882)

Rire souvent et sans restriction;
s’attirer le respect des gens intelligents
et l’affection des enfants;
tirer profit des critiques de bonne foi
et supporter les trahisons des amis supposés;
apprécier la beauté;
voir chez les autres ce qu’ils ont de meilleur;
laisser derrière soi quelque chose de bon,
un enfant en bonne santé, un coin de jardin,
une société en progrès;
savoir qu’un être au moins respire mieux
parce que vous êtes passé en ce monde;
voilà ce que j’appelle réussir sa vie.

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All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten

janeiro 9, 2012

by Robert Fulghum

All I really need to know I learned in kindergartenALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play  and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody  really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.

Fun With Dick and Jane

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

© Robert Fulghum, 1990.  Found in Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.


	
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Sobre os propósitos de ano novo

janeiro 7, 2012

por Contardo Calligaris

É o espírito da época: queremos emagrecer comendo trufas de chocolate e tonificar nosso corpo sem esforço, graças a pílulas que agiriam no sono.

Ora, em regra, o que queremos não sai de graça. Num momento de propósitos como o começo do ano, é bom lembrar o seguinte: há várias razões de não conseguirmos realizar nossos desejos; talvez a principal delas seja que, frequentemente, não estamos dispostos a pagar o preço que esses desejos exigem de nós.

Trecho da coluna  publicada na Folha: “Sobre os propósitos de ano novo“.

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Ways of Thinking

outubro 26, 2011

Tomemos um espelho. Sem dúvida, ele reverte a imagem: o que está a nossa direita fica à esquerda. Um texto aparecerá com as letras não apenas em posição contrária (os parágrafos à direita), mas também invertidas. Por que essa inversão ocorre apenas no sentido horizontal, isto é, por que o espelho não inverte também a imagem verticalmente, de modo a mostrar a página de cabeça para baixo? Como ele sabe qual é o lado de cima?

Ways of Thinking, László Merö

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La vie d’étudiant

outubro 15, 2011

La vie d’étudiant est bel et bien parfois une vie d’acrobate : on étudie, beaucoup ; on recherche aussi, un peu de tout, de la petite information apparemment banale jusqu’au sens de la vie, et même jusqu’au bonheur ; parfois, on trouve, notamment le temps de faire du sport ou de la musique, pour s’amuser ou passionnément, ou les deux ; on travaille à côté, parce qu’il le faut et sans se rendre compte que ces premières expériences se parent d’une couleur qui ne déteint jamais.

Allocution du Conseiller fédéral Didier Burkhalter
(Lausanne, 15.10.2011)