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The Problem of Impartiality August 26, 2009

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Message in a Bottle.
I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.
Emo Phillips, Neuropsychology: Clinical and Experimental Foundations
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Great 8! August 8, 2008

Posted by Nina Rosenstand in Message in a Bottle, Nina Rosenstand's Posts.
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The lightness of summer topics is upon me, I guess. I just thought to celebrate with you that today we hit a moment in time that won’t return (so to speak) for 100 years: Today it is the eighth day in the eighth month of the eighth year of the century, and eight minutes after 8 am it will be the 080808, 0808 moment. Besides, today we should reach 16,000 hits on this blog of ours, which is of course 8000 doubled up. And 8 is an ancient sacred number, probably related to the stability and balance inherent in 4, so 4 doubled up. The Cardinal points, the stability of the universe, etc. The sweep of world mythologies is touching down today! Can I get any more irrelevant and speculative? Anyway, enjoy this summer day in the sign of the Great 8… (Finally got an opportunity to use the “Message in a Bottle” category!)

I have to add the following: Of course this hasn’t gone unnoticed worldwide: The Chinese start up the Olympics today on the most fortuitous date and time, at 080808, 0808 PM. And apparently a large number of people are getting hitched today, assuming that fortune will follow them because of Lucky 8! Babies born today are among the luckiest of people, and so on and so forth. Since the Western tradition tends to favor Lucky 7 over Lucky 8, I guess some people missed the opportunity last year…

Message in a Bottle May 3, 2007

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Message in a Bottle.
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“Egotism is the anesthetic given by a kindly nature to relieve the pain of being a damned fool.”–Bellemy Brooks

I don’t know about this. I know lots of egoists who are anything but kindly, though egoism may be a kind of anesthetic.