Posts Tagged 'Blaise Pascal'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/21/20

One small act in gift giving can create a ripple effect across the world

The least movement is of importance to all nature.  The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”   —   Blaise Pascal

(Ah, the butterfly effect!  1. As John Gribbin writes in his cult-classic work Deep Simplicity, “some systems … are very sensitive to their starting conditions, so that a tiny difference in the initial ‘push’ you give them causes a big difference in where they end up, and there is feedback, so that what a system does affects its own behavior.”  But, as General Stanley McChrystal writes in Team of TeamsThe reality is that small things in a complex system may have no effect or a massive one, and it is virtually impossible to know which will turn out to be the case.  – – – from The Butterfly Effect: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerful Mental Model, a great article in fs.blog!  The idea of Chaos theory is very interesting.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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  1. https://fs.blog/2017/08/the-butterfly-effect/

(Belated) Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/26/20

Biography: Blaise Pascal (via Wikipedia.org) - Bathtub Bulletin

If Cleopatra’s nose had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been different.”   —   Blaise Pascal

(Is this because he himself had a fairly prominent proboscis?  Because I don’t see where he was going with this!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/29/14

A hand, a book & a pen

A hand, a book & a pen (Photo credit: radiant guy)

The last thing we discover in writing a book is what to put at the beginning.”   —   Pascal

(Some versions of this quote have “to know” between the “is” and the “what”.  The idea is the same, regardless, in my opinion.  I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book.  The funny thing is that, technically, I have started writing it, but I started by writing a kind of preface.  Maybe, that is my problem.  I should be saving that for last.  I should be listening to Pascal.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/13/14

A Pascaline, an early calculator. (Machine à c...

A Pascaline, an early calculator. (Machine à calculer de Blaise Pascal sans sous ni deniers, signed by Pascal 1642). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed; for we expected to see an author, and we find a person.”   —   Blaise Pascal

(I guess you’d have to say this applies to bloggers, as well.  We are authors, of a sort.  But basically, we are just people, processing all that we see and experience, and trying to relate that back out to the world.  Some will get it and appreciate it, for others it just won’t add up.  C’ést la vie!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/26/09

If Cleopatra’s nose had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been different.”   —   Blaise Pascal


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