Jun. 6th, 2012

herumtreiber: (pensive)
Below, the results of a test I took:

Which philosopher are you?
Your Result: Sartre/Camus (late existentialists)
 

The world is absurd. No facts govern it. We live well once we truly accept the world's absurdity. YOU give our life's meaning, and YOU control your world. (see Nietzsche for very closely tied beliefs) --This quiz was made by S. A-Lerer.

Nietzsche
 
W.v.O. Quine / Late Wittgenstein
 
Early Wittgenstein / Positivists
 
Immanuel Kant
 
Plato (strict rationalists)
 
Aristotle
 
Which philosopher are you?
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I like Camus' outlook on life. There's  grace in the way he writes:

For an absurd work of art to be possible, thought in its most lucid form must be involved in it. But at the same time, thought must not be apparent except as the regulating intelligence.

From 'The myth of Sisyphus' by Albert Camus.

This philosophy is comforting, and it also yields good stuff to make fics out of. Just sayin'.



herumtreiber: (space!jake22)
I love space. Seems like I always have, ever since I read my first science-fiction story, or watched that first TV show in a misty, half-forgotten time. To gaze up at the sky and wonder what's out there…

… to float in mid-air, borne by the tiny currents aboard a spaceship as I look down at the blue limb of the Earth, shrouded in clouds and curving in the infinite horizon below me. To reach my hand, seemingly able to grasp all that ever was.

I won't do that, but I've imagined it, borne by the tales of sci-fi authors. They've taken me to other galaxies; to the dawn and sunset of the Solar System, the Universe even.

I love hard science-fiction. It's not only due to the shiny spaceships, rather to the way the authors adhere to the rules, even if they pull the hyperspace card.

And yet, I also love the literature of ideas that takes place in the here and now. What will happen if censorship runs amok? Will there come a time when people will be prohibited from having any books? If they caught them, will they combust at the temperature paper burns, 451 degrees Fahrenheit? Ray Bradbury wrote about it.

If a time-traveler goes on safari to the age of the dinosaurs, what will happen if he steps on an insect? What repercussions will it have? Ray Bradbury wrote a marvelous short story about it.

Alas, today another Grand Master of Science Fiction has left us.

Ray Douglas Bradbury

August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012

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