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Ilia Mankaev

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.”
― Edward P. Morgan

It is humiliating to be a human. To know that you can not control anything. To have consciousness and be imprisoned in this body.

"...When the toddler gazes at his mother and starts to smile in relief, there is a sudden transition in his PSM. Suddenly, he discovers that he didn’t hurt himself at all, that the only thing that happened to him was a big surprise. An ambiguity is resolved: Now he knows how he feels." - "The Ego Tunnel", Thomas Metzinger.

"Have you ever watched a child who has just learned to walk run toward a desired object much too quickly and then trip and fall on his face? The child lifts his head, turns, and searches for his mother. He does so with a completely empty facial expression, showing no kind of emotional response. He looks into his mother’s face to find out what has happened. How bad was it, really? Should I cry or should I laugh?..."

Millions of flies can't be wrong - shit is delicious.

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google anti-diversity memo Show more

People always hate those who tell the truth, but in vain, such never hit in the back.

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Those who would repeat the past must control the teaching of history. -- Bene Gesserit Coda

“Point of view is worth 80 IQ points” -- Alan Kay.

"Upbringing is the ability to prevent the development in man of his natural traits and qualities." - A. Nevzorov.

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Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 83rd birthday of Eduard Anatolyevich Khil, the Russian crooner known for the Mr. Trololo video that went viral in 2009. Khil received many awards during his heyday, including the People's Artist of Russia in 1974. His comeback as "Mr. Trololo" made him a worldwide sensation and meme favorite.

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sometimes I get an e-mail from a startup recruiter to work on their dev team and I want to reply with "why don't we just cut out the middleman—you write me a check for 18 months of salary and I won't bother to write the code that you'd end up throwing out anyway when you go out of business"

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Not only Slavic people has this weird tradition to shake their hands every morning, they also don't shake women's hands (pretty much sexism imo). I tried to resist it but everyone thinks you are weird and mentions it every time "ah you don't like it" so I gave up eventually.

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A book about Mind, disguised as treatise on Formal Systems and Reasoning, camouflaged as work on Beauty, ultimately talking about Mind... ❤

"How can I tell what I think until I see what I say" - E. M. Forster (1960)

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I remember friends from wars all but we forgot. / All of them distilled into each wound we caught. / Those wounds are all the painful places where we fought. / Battles better left behind, ones we never sought. / What is it that we spent and what was it we bought? -- Songs of the Scattering
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RIP Andrey A. Chernov (ache@), long-time core team member and developer.

Fare Thee Well my friend.