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Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit" One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, or attracted much sustained inquiry. Another worthwhile source is the title essay in The Prevalence of Humbug by Max Black. Humbug: deceptive misrepresentation, short of lying, especially by pretentious word or deed, of somebody’s own thoughts, feelings, or attitudes. A very similar formulation might plausibly be offered as enunciating the essential characteristics of bullshit. Deceptive misrepresentation: This may sound pleonastic. Short of lying: It must be part of the point of saying that humbug is “short of lying,” that while it has some of the distinguishing characteristics of lies, there are others that it lacks.

Jack of all trades, master of none "Jack of all trades, master of none" is a figure of speech used in reference to a person that is competent with many skills, but is not necessarily outstanding in any particular one. The earliest recorded versions of the phrase do not contain the second part. Indeed they are broadly positive in tone. Such a Jack of all trades may be a master of integration, as such an individual knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring his or her disciplines together in a practical manner. This person is a generalist rather than an expert (Specialist). Origins[edit] In 1612, the English-language version of the phrase appeared in the book "Essays and Characters of a Prison" by English writer Geffray Mynshul (Minshull)[3] originally published in 1618,[4] and probably based on the author's experience while held at Gray's Inn, London, when imprisoned for debt.[5] "Master of none"[edit] "Jack of all trades, master of none, Certainly better than a master of one" In other languages[edit]

Stoicism School of Hellenistic Greek philosophy Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC. It was heavily influenced by certain teachings of Socrates, while Stoic physics are largely drawn from the teachings of the philosopher Heraclitus. Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly. Stoicism flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD, and among its adherents was Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Terminology[edit] Basic tenets[edit] History[edit] Logic[edit]

How To Style a Fishtail Braid We love the look of fishtail braids! This trend is incredibly easy to style, even on your own hair. Kinsey and I photographed the steps so you can try it out for yourself... Here's how to style a fishtail braid... 1. Next, we had a crazy idea... weave pieces of yarn into the braid? 1. We thought it was pretty cute!

Draw a pig personality test This Incredible Test Tells You What The Shape of Your Nail Says About You Sponsored Link In the past I have written quite a few of these personality posts – they are usually pretty spot on. I’m not sure why the shape of your nail hints at certain aspects of your personality, but according to the below it can. I tried it myself and I have to agree it seems pretty accurate. I’d be interested to see if this works for you. Independent Soul. Your result for The Golden Compass Daemon Test ... You are calm and logical, but not unemotional. You are an introvert, at heart, preferring to read alone than be subjected to the crush and noise of a big party or bar. You have a few friends and family, whose presence you welcome - to a point. Even they can wear on your nerves eventually, and you need to retreat back into your personal space for a while so you can recharge. Your energy comes in bursts, after which you need a long nap or a couple of evenings at home to recuperate. You are comfortable with yourself, and reasonably confident. You are a good and sympathetic listener, and are aware of your friend's emotional states. While you are not afraid of conflict, you do not seek it, either. Your daemon's form would represent your calm, introverted nature, your cool logic, and your impatience with crowds of people. Suggested forms: Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Owl, Snow Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Osprey.

A Terrific 2012: Top 15 Inspirational Pictures to Start New Year on a Positive Note There are times when life punches down everybody. But Rocky isn’t the only one who can get back up again. With the right amount of inspiration, you can soldier on, no matter how tough things get. Kissing Quotes, Great Quotes About Kisses A kiss. It can possess mystery, excitement, fun, passion, and more. Throughout history and cinema, the kiss has been celebrated, and considering the intimacy, playfulness, and power of kissing, rightly so. Here is a collection of incredible kisses as well as my favorite quotes about kissing from people who ought to know (*wink*)…I hope you enjoy them! ‘Where should one use perfume?’ A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other. In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine. A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance. Kissing is like drinking salted water. Her kisses left something to be desired… the rest of her. I am in favor of preserving the French habit of kissing the hands of ladies. Each kiss a heart-quake… ~Lord Byron Do you remember your first kiss? You May Also Like:

Drawing Personality Test Everyone knows that a proper landscape drawing contains a mountain a path, like a dirt hiking trail or even a paved highway some trees. So be sure to include those in your picture below -- just click and hold the mouse button to draw. Feel free to be creative!

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