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In a studio movie, it's all about making sure that you don't have to think about anything, that you just sit there and are excited the whole time.
-- Michael Shannon. Interview: THE MISSING PERSON actor Michael Shannon, Gordon and the Whale (November 22nd, 2009).
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When a compelling impression of a particular event clashes with general knowledge, the impression commonly prevails. And this goes for you, too. The confidence you will experience in your future judgments will not be diminished by what you just read, even if you believe every word.
-- Daniel Kahneman, Don't Blink! The Hazards of Confidence. New York Times Magazine (Oct. 19, 2011).
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Though his writings are often brilliantly poetic and often deeply philosophic, Kierkegaard was neither a poet nor a philosopher, but a preacher, an expounder and defender of Christian doctrine and Christian conduct. The near contemporary with whom he may properly be compared is not someone like Dostoevsky or Hegel, but that other great preacher of the nineteenth century, John Henry, later Cardinal, Newman: both men were faced with the problem of preaching to a secularized society which was still officially Christian...
-- W.H. Auden. Introduction to The Living Thoughts Of Kierkegaard by Soren Kierkegaard, selected by Auden.
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Hopper Gibson [Johnny Simmons]: [in speaking of a baseball player who committed suicide] Is there a name for what he had?
Dr. Mobley [Paul Giamatti]: Yeah, plenty of names, but, uh, I don't subscribe to any of those.
Hopper: Why not?
Mobley: Don't want to legitimatize it. This' a passing thing for you; and, you give it a name, it might wanna stick around.
-- Noah Buschel. The Phenom (movie, 2016).
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General "Buck" Turgidson [George C. Scott ]: Well, I, uh, don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up, sir.
-- Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (movie, 1964).
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"Paradoxical as it may seem, the purposeful life has no content, 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."
-- Alan Watts. The Way of Zen (1957) p. 176.
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If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past or the future. We scarcely think of the present, and if we do so, it is only that we may borrow light from it to direct the future. The present is never our end; the past and the present are our means, the future alone is our end. Thus we never live, but hope to live, and while we always lay ourselves out to be happy, it is inevitable that we can never be so.
-- Blaise Pascal. The Thoughts Of Blaise Pascal. Translated by C. Kegan Paul from The Text Of M. Auguste Molinier, (1885).
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"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what." ... I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget."
-- Andy Warhol. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975), Ch. 7: Time.
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The Buddha described his teaching as "going against the stream." The unflinching light of mindful awareness reveals the extent to which we are tossed along in the stream of past conditioning and habit. The moment we decide to stop and look at what is going on (like a swimmer suddenly changing course to swim upstream instead of downstream), we find ourselves battered by powerful currents we had never even suspected--precisely because until that moment we were largely living at their command.
-- Stephen Batchelor. "Foundations of Mindfulness" Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (2008-06-04).
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Mulder [David Duchovny]: It's the Mandela effect. When someone has a memory of something that's not shared by the majority or the factual record. For instance, there are some people that have a memory of seeing a movie called Shazam starring Sinbad as an irrepressible genie. Even after it's pointed out to them they're probably thinking of a movie called Kazaam starring Shaquille O'Neil as an irrepressible genie. Especially because a movie named Shazam was never made.
Scully [Gillian Anderson]: But what if I don't remember either movie?
-- Darin Morgan. "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat." The X-Files (2018, s11 e04).
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Scully [Gillian Anderson]: The Mandela effect...is simply people misremembering stuff.
Mulder [David Duchovny]: Maybe this is actually evidence of a parallel universe.
Scully and Reggie [Brian Huskey]: Wait, what?
Mulder: So maybe these differences in collective memory are actually evidence of our universe somehow becoming intertwined with another if not identical then very similar universe so people's memories are correct, they're just remembering something that happened in another dimension. Hence the discrepancies. That's science, Scully.
-- Darin Morgan. "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat." The X-Files (2018, s11 e04).
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Reggie Something [Brian Huskey]: They want you to think all conspiracies are nutty so that you ignore the ones that are true.
-- Darin Morgan. "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat." The X-Files (2018, s11 e04).
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Reality tunnels constrain one's view of reality and to a certain extent also constrain one's sensory input. They form a matrix and filter for how we interpret and perceive the world and thus they can facilitate the creation of illusion....

[W]hen one changes one's point of view, facts that have appeared completely inexplicable may suddenly seem obvious....

People use paradigms whether they know it or not, and they cannot easily change their paradigms. Most people find it impossible to maintain more than a single paradigm simultaneously. People lock themselves into a universe of discourse and simply cannot view the world differently unless they shift to a different paradigm.
-- S. Peisert, et al. S. Quis Custodiet ipsos Custodes? A New Paradigm for Analyzing Security Paradigms. In Proceedings of the 2009 New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) (The Queen's College, Oxford, United Kingdom, September 8-11, 2009), pp. 133-144.
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This, indeed, is a problem with many new paradigms, which unfortunately must co-opt existing words due to the universe of thought in which the concepts they represent are to be applied.
-- Abe Singer, and Matt Bishop. Trust-Based Security; Or, Trust Considered Harmful New Security Paradigms Workshop, NSPW ’20, October 26–29, 2020, Online, USA.
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The usual run of a famous author's remains is more or less set: first the (disillusioning) biography, then the (surprisingly mundane, money-mad) letters, and finally the (painfully naked) diaries, in which erotic obsessions that seem curious and fresh in literary prose look mechanically obsessive in daily record... What comes after is mostly academic commentary.
-- Adam Gopnik. "What We Find When We Get Lost in Proust." New Yorker (May 3, 2021).
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When war is your business, peace is your enemy.
-- Christian Sorensen. A People's Guide to the War Industry, 3: Bribery & Propaganda. Consortium News, v26, n150 (May 30, 2021, May 28, 2021).
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[Structure] is a superficial feature of narrative, not a fundamental feature. They tell you, you must get your structure right first and once you have got the structure you can write the book. Well, no, actually. You can change the structure at the last minute, you can re-order the book, you can have the start in the middle of the story. Structure is a superficial thing. What is not superficial, what is really fundamental, is the tone in which the book is written.
-- Philip Pullman. [on The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa] Five Books, Interview by Nigel Warburton (July 15, 2021) https://fivebooks.com/best-books/five-favourite-books-philip-pullman/
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