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  1. Mar 2019
    1. making "The W WorldSafe for Democracy

      Echoing Woodrow Wilson's request for a Declaration of War in 1917, this statement makes the question of suffrage seem like a danger.

  2. Jan 2019
    1. we may credit Plato with demonstrating that mostquestions aren't really interested in responses at all; most questions simply wantan answer.

      They're traps!

    2. Instead, it might be productive not to think that we know what rhetoric is at all.

      It would also be more dangerous to say we know what rhetoric is -- to define it as one thing.

    1. You cannot assemble a list oJ neucra!Tacts wl:iidi every citizen in a secular society can safely learn as a fac-tual bible, a body of knowledge beyond cavil, which once-absorbed guar-antees public virtue.

      And if you try to, you're probably a fucking monster.

  3. Sep 2018
    1. The will to mastery becomes all the more urgent the more technology threatens to slip from human control.

      Mastery is a very interesting word here. It would be assumed that anything that humans have the capability to create we could retain mastery over. It is also interesting to consider the two meanings we could take from mastery. On one hand its that we are the masters or owners of that object, on the other it could be a mastery in the way a person masters a craft or a skill. So would this quote mean that compared to improving technology and the possibility of an ultra-intelligent A.I, our skill of creating technology would appear to be becoming obsolete, or does it mean the gradual loss of our control over technology? Either way it raises an important concern over the dangers of advancing technology and the ever looming possibility of an ultra-intelligent A.I.

  4. Oct 2013
    1. But we must beware of the man who abounds in eloquent nonsense, and so much the more if the hearer is pleased with what is not worth listening to, and thinks that because the speaker is eloquent what he says must be true.

      Danger of rhetoric. Reflects modern view of empty language