Athletics 7, Twins 4 (11), April 9, 2014.
- 1 month ago
"These scientisms, as I shall call them, are clusters of scientific ideas which come together and almost surprise themselves into creeds of belief, scientific mythologies which fill the very felt void left by the divorce of science and religion in our time. They differ from classical science and its common debates in the way they evoke the same response as did the religions which they seek to supplant. And they share with religions many of their most obvious characteristics: a rational splendor that explains everything, a charismatic leader or succession of leaders who are highly visible and beyond criticism, a series of canonical texts which are somehow outside the usual arena of scientific criticism, certain gestures of idea and rituals of interpretation, and a requirement of total commitment. In return the adherent receives what the religions had once given him more universally: a world view, a hierarchy of importances, and an auguring place where he may find out what to do and think, in short, a total explanation of man. And this totality is obtained not by actually explaining everything, but by an encasement of its activity, a severe and absolute restriction of attention, such that everything that is not explained is not in view."
- Jaynes, Julian (2000-08-15). The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (Kindle Locations 5820-5829). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
- 2 months ago
"We’re playing the Yankees in spring training, ‘65. Mantle’s on first, I’m playing third. One of the Yankees hits a rope to right center. Now here comes Mantle, he’s heading for third, right for me. I can see it’s going to be close. There’s a huge swirl of dust. The umpire’s right in there with us. When the dust finally settles, the ump looks down at both of us sprawled on the ground and shakes his head. ‘I’ve never smelled so much booze in my life,’ he tells me and Mantle. ‘Get off your asses before you set each other on fire.’"
- Dick Allen on Mickey Mantle, Crash: The Life and Times of Dick Allen
- 3 months ago