Thursday, August 22, 2019


Drawing Hands, M.C. Escher, 1948

How can you justify your methods of reasoning on the basis of those same methods of reasoning? It is like lifting yourself up by your own bootstraps. 

Douglas R. Hofstadter [Gödel, Escher, Bach: An eternal golden braid. A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll, 1979]

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

(no) simple answers

... help the public recognise there aren't simple answers to complex questions. We want to help people wrestle with the shades of grey.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

το όπιο του λαού

Josef Stalin (center) and Soviet secret-police head Nikolai Yezhov (right) walk near Moscow in 1937, the same year Yezhov signed Order No. 00447, which began the Great Terror

Η θρησκεία «είναι το όπιο του λαού», είπε ο Μάρξ. «Το όπιο του λαού είναι η επανάσταση, όχι η θρησκεία», είπε η Simone Weil. Το πρώτο: μάθημα για αρχάριους. Το δεύτερο: μάθημα για προχωρημένους. 

Ζήσιμος Λορεντζάτος [Collectanea, 2009]