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My ancestors evolved to stop eating fish.

Marc Carlson (contemp.) American librarian, historian
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In some cases, all it requires is that you rationally point out that there is a problem. In others, all you can do is turn the other cheek. At the far end of the spectrum are those for whom the only appropriate response is to carve out their still-beating heart and force them to eat it.

Marc Carlson (contemp.) American librarian, historian
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At the very least, experience furnishes the houses of our lives — but we choose whether to live in them.

Marc Carlson (contemp.) American librarian, historian
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How about “just be yourself, and the people who like you will like you for who you really are, and not who you are pretending to be”? You should be polite to the others because we need more politeness, but otherwise they can just go screw themselves with a shattered-glass-encrusted baseball bat.

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[T]here seems to be with some people a feeling that you can tell a deeper truth by way of myths. I disagree with it in principle; I can not always disagree with it in practice.

Marc Carlson (contemp.) American librarian, historian
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Remember, earthquakes are God’s gentle little reminders that “Excuse me, I’m putting a mountain right where you are standing.”

Marc Carlson (contemp.) American librarian, historian
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To put it bluntly, if we lived in a universe where all things were decided by God, and “free will” were nothing but a polite lie, then the universe would be nothing but masturbatory exercises of the Almighty, pre-scripted and acted out by the well-trained monkey people led about by “God’s Will”. I choose to not accept this possibility, since the universe would then have no purpose that could possibly interest me.

Marc Carlson (contemp.) American librarian, historian
Belief-L (8 Jan. 1999)
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