Aug 03

Quotes From My Shirt

Several years ago I bought a black long sleeve shirt that has a design on the front it’s like a crest with some old script behind it. I realized some of it is legible so I googled it. It turns out that it’s actually two quotes that receive my approval. I remembered that one of them is Stephen Jay Gould but I couldn’t remember the other person or the quotes themselves.

I have now looked them up again and am posting them here mostly for my own reference.

I am not insensible to natural beauty, but my emotional joys center on the improbable yet sometimes wondrous works of that tiny and accidental evolutionary twig called Homo sapiens. And I find, among these works, nothing more noble than the history of our struggle to understand nature -– a majestic entity of such vast spatial and temporal scope that she cannot care much for a little mammalian afterthought with a curious evolutionary invention, even if that invention has, for the first time in some four billion years of life on earth, produced recursion as a creature reflects back upon its own production and evolution. Thus, I love nature primarily for the puzzles and intellectual delights that she offers to the first organ capable of such curious contemplation.

– Stephen Jay Gould

Nature is infallible and is the voice of God, with this difference, that the language of the Holy Scripture can and should be interpreted in many ways (otherwise it would say many things contrary to the evidence of the senses), but the language of Nature is always the same, without metaphor, without allegory, without hyperbole, without doubtful, obscure, mysterious meanings. Nature speaks clearly to him who knows how to understand her, and has no need of interpretation.

-Antonio Vallisneri

Jul 31

Lane Closed Signs

In my experience when a sign indicates that a lane on the road ahead will be closed it is almost never true. I don’t even change lanes anymore because odds are I can get ahead of more traffic because everyone else will move and the lane will actually be wide open. If I am required by state law to observe all warning signs I think they should be required by state law to be accurate.