13 quotes from George Orwell's 1984 that resonate more than ever One of the most influential dystopian novels ever written, 1984 has had a profound effect on the world. Since its publication in 1949 many of its concepts have entered modern day parlance. Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak and Room 101 are all part of Orwell’s world. “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” “He who controls the past controls the future. “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” “War is peace. “Big Brother is Watching You.” “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” “Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” “The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.” “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. “Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think.
Just for Fun! The Heidegger controversy: a critical reader - Martin Heidegger cnet Enigma machines have captivated everyone from legendary code breaker Alan Turing and the dedicated cryptographers from England's Bletchley Park to historians and collectors the world over. But while many history buffs would surely love to get their hands on an authentic Enigma machine used during WWII, the devices aren't exactly affordable (last year, a 1944 German Enigma machine was available for auction at Bonhams with an estimated worth of up to $82,000). Enter the Open Enigma Project, a kit for building one from scratch. The idea came to Marc Tessier and James Sanderson from S&T Geotronics by accident. "We were working on designing and building intelligent Arduino-based open-source geocaching devices to produce a unique interactive challenge at an upcoming Geocaching Mega Event," Tessier told Crave. From all the Enigma machines used throughout history, the Open Enigma Project decided on the original Enigma M4 machine.
Banned Books Online presents Welcome to this special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood, have been selected from the indexes of The Online Books Page. (See that page for more than 2 million more online books!) This page is a work in progress, and more works may be added to this page over time. Please inform firstname.lastname@example.org of any new material that can be included here. Books Suppressed or Censored by Legal Authorities Ulysses by James Joyce was selected by the Modern Library as the best novel of the 20th century, and has received wide praise from other literature scholars, including those who have defended online censorship. In 1930, U.S. John Cleland's Fanny Hill (also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) has been frequently suppressed since its initial publication in 1749. The Comstock law also forbade distribution of birth control information. D. John T. Acknowledgements
One of these things is not like the others Nietzsche's Philosophy of Art - Julian Young What's a great book that not too many people know about that was absolutely mind blowing? : books 10 Orwellian Technologies That Exist Today Technology Although George Orwell was a little premature in predicting a total surveillance state in 1984, based on some of today’s technology, he wasn’t too far off the mark. In earlier lists we’ve mentioned a few paranoia-inducing inventions, such as Google Glass, facial recognition software, and brain scanners. If those things didn’t motivate you to don a tinfoil hat, here are 10 more scientific developments to give you the heebie-jeebies. 10 Implantable Memories After the disclosures from government whistleblowers such as Manning and Snowden, most of us realize anything we say, do, or look at online is subject to monitoring by a third party. The scientists have already successfully inserted false memories into mice by using optogenetics to turn individual brain cells “on and off.” While toying with the memories of mice is one thing, what happens when the technology inevitably expands to humans? 9Power To See Through Walls 8 Filter Bubbles So, what’s the problem? 6 Internet Scrubbing
Freud: the last great Enlightenment thinker Sigmund Freud is out of fashion. The reason? His heroic refusal to flatter humankind Sigmund Freud contemplates a bust of himself, sculpted for his 75th birthday by Oscar Nemon Writing to Albert Einstein in the early 1930s, Sigmund Freud suggested that “man has in him an active instinct for hatred and destruction.” Without speculating too much, Freud continued, one might suppose that these instincts function in every living being, with what he called “the death instinct”—thanatos—acting “to work its ruin and reduce life to its primal state of inert matter.” To be sure, Freud concluded, all this talk of eros and thanatos might give Einstein the impression that psychoanalytic theory amounted to a “species of mythology, and a gloomy one at that.” Today the idea that psychoanalysis is not a science is commonplace, but no part of Freud’s inheritance is more suspect than the theory of the death instinct. Freud’s ideas are today not simply rejected as false.