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News Briefs 01-09-2016


Thanks Kat, Alistair, @AnomalistNews and @CatVincent.

Quote of the Day:

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.

Douglas Adams

News Briefs 31-08-2016

Wait for it

Quote of the Day:

I had so many people try to talk me out of starting a rocket company, it was crazy.

Elon Musk

News Briefs 30-08-2016

It could be worse...

Thanks Kat and @djp1974.

Quote of the Day:

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams.

Gene Wilder (as Willy Wonka, from Arthur O'Shaughnessy's Ode)

News Briefs 29-08-2016

You're capable of great things...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

We are meant to be the ones who decide what happens to us: as voters, as consumers, as lovers. But that’s not true any more. We are what gives networks their power: they use our ideas of meaning to determine what will happen to us.

David Runciman (review of Yuval Noah Harari's Homo Deus)

News Briefs 26-08-2016

For those planning to support the Grail soon, I've now added a permanent block to the right sidebar with quick links to our Patreon and PayPal accounts. Cheers!

Thanks @AnomalistNews and @DanzierLea.

Quote of the Day:

Belief is the enemy.

John A. Keel

News Briefs 25-08-2016

I should know better...

Thanks @AnomalistNews and @ProjectArchivis.

Quote of the Day:

If the present growth trends in world population, industrialisation, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.

The Limits of Growth, 1972

News Briefs 24-08-2016


Quote of the Day:

How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them. A very fit consideration, and matter of Reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.

Christiaan Huygens

News Briefs 23-08-2016

By chipping in just $12 a year, you can help us keep our head above water. It's that easy.

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

Somehow, the universe has engineered not only its own self-awareness, but its own self-comprehension. It is hard to see this astonishing property of (at least some) living organisms as an accidental and incidental by-product of physics, a lucky fluke of biological evolution.

Paul Davies

News Briefs 22-08-2016


Thanks Kat, @djp1974 and @JohnReppion.

Quote of the Day:

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

Samuel Johnson