Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Latin Proverbs: B

Bene legere saecla vincere One who reads well masters the ages. The word saecla should look familiar to anyone who has looked at a dollar bill. Novus Ordo Seclorum translates to "A New Order of the Ages" (not "A New World Order" as...
The video is here. There are, of course, minor discrepancies between the script and the video (e.g I chose to say one word instead of another based on how it sounded when read aloud). John Stuart Mill was an English...
Abusus non tollit usum (Sed quod usum habet?) Abuse does not nullify proper use. (But does it have a use?) A potential for abuse should not negate an idea or object's useful properties. It should not move a legislative body to ban it....
This is an article I wrote in 2010 for a now defunct bioanthropology website. The robust Australopithecus coexisted with other hominids for over a million years. Members of this family include Paranthropus Boisei, Paranthropus Robustus and Paranthropus Aethiopicus.  P. Aethiopicus...
While I had heard it mentioned in "documentaries" on the History Channel (it took an enormous amount of fortitude to refrain from putting quotation marks around the word history as well) I did not learn anything worth knowing about...
“From time to time in history men are born a whole age too soon. Probably the men were so great, so self-fed, that recognition of them by others was not necessary to them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson “ was one of the...
“Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves.” - Herbert A. Simon "Human reason, in one sphere...
"What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power." - Henry George Progress and Poverty has been praised by Tolstoy, Einstein and Milton Friedman. Friedman, predictably, was the least effusive of three.  He...
"Abstract verbalizations about personal liberty, freedom of the press and so on will not be convincing in most parts of the world. In many areas they will not even be comprehensible." - Simple Sabotage Field Manual, Office of Strategic Services The...
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