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Ray Bradbury: What writing teaches us

And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation.

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
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Robert Frank, photo poetry

Robert Frank, photo poetry
Robert Frank, photo poetry
Robert Frank, photo poetry

When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.

Robert Frank
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Samuel Beckett: ‘My mistakes are my life’

“My mistakes are my life.”

Samuel Beckett
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Neil Gaiman on how we find our own writing voice

Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.

Neil Gaiman

First, we emulate and then we originate.

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The trick is not becoming a writer

Harlan Ellison on a typewriter

The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.

Harlan Ellison

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“Stare at the world, not at your model.”

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Photo by José Martín

Continually learning, constantly changing. The human mind is as fickle as the seasons. It is not mathematical models that predict the future but the law of nature.

Writes Richard Bookstaber in his book The End of Theory“The world could be changing right now in ways that will blindside you down the road.”

Nothing is linear and predictable; rather, everything emerges from its highest, heuristic probability — the upshot of the freedom of trial and error.

“Humans are not ergodic, however. We move through the world along a single path, and we get only that one path. Where we are on that path, our experiences, our interactions, the view we have of the world at that moment all determine the context for our actions. That path is not repeatable; we are not taking draws from a distribution.”

Richard Bookstaber, The End of Theory

Even the rare anomaly becomes the impetus for our actions. People try stuff on a whim to check their pulse.

It is futile to aggregate behavior so we can algorithmicize systems. The world is unpredictable, especially the economic one.

“Chaos is the law of nature; order is the dream of man.”

Henry Adams

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