”When a thousand people believe some made-up story for one month, that’s fake news. When a billion people believe it for a thousand years, that’s a religion, and we are admonished not to call it fake news in order not to hurt the feelings of the faithful (or incur their wrath).”
Yuval Noah Harari, Observer, 5 August 2018.
If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?
“I like the number eight. When you turn it through 180 degrees, it becomes infinity.”
Hans Ulrich Obrist, quoted in the Financial Times, 4/5 August 2018.
LATER Clive Page emails to point out that the trick only works if you rotate 8 through 90 degrees! Which is embarrassing for the esteemed FT sub-editors, not to mention this blogger!
”We may be competitive social animals, but we co-operated our way to the god-damned moon”.
Robin Hansom and Kevin Simler in The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life.
”If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room”
Simon Kuper, writing in the current issue of the Financial Times.