Sunday, November 10, 2013

మానవజాతి ఘోర తప్పిదం

Archaeologists studying the rise of farming have reconstructed a crucial stage at which we made the worst mistake in human history. Forced to choose between limiting population or trying to increase food production, we chose the latter and ended up with starvation, warfare, and tyranny.
Hunter-gatherers practiced the most successful and longest-lasting life style in human history. In contrast, we're still struggling with the mess into which agriculture has tumbled us, and it's unclear whether we can solve it.
- Jared Diamond in The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

Saturday, November 9, 2013

అర్థం కాకపోవడంలో అందం

For myself, I like a universe that includes much that is unknown and, at the same time, much that is knowable. A universe in which everything is known would be static and dull, as boring as the heaven of some weak-minded theologians. A universe that is unknowable is no fit place for a thinking being. The ideal universe for us is one very much like the universe we inhabit. And I would guess that this is not really much of a coincidence.- Carl Sagan in Can We Know the Universe?

Friday, November 8, 2013

అర్థం కావడంలో అందం

When we think well, we feel good. Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.
-Carl Sagan in Can We Know the Universe?