"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

We have made a god of evolution, taking it not merely as a scientific rule but as a necessity that can't be stopped, hindered, or modified.

[On how evolution has become holy.: Thomas More, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.24.2009


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