Quote of the Day

The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is—absurd.

“The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is—absurd.” — Richard Feynman, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

Quote of the Day

People tend to romanticize nature, and to connect it to an earlier time, a more innocent time. They don’t give the natural world credit for being a place of great violence, the fight for survival on the part of animals, the unpredictability and destructiveness of a storm, or of the ocean.

“People tend to romanticize nature, and to connect it to an earlier time, a more innocent time. They don’t give the natural world credit for being a place of great violence, the fight for survival on the part of animals, the unpredictability and destructiveness of a storm, or of the ocean.” — Carl Phillips, The Art of Poetry No. 103,” The Paris Review (Spring 2019)

Quote of the Day

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.

“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.” — Adam Smith, “Of Sympathy,” The Theory of Moral Sentiments