Saturday, July 21, 2007

Quotes of the Time Being

And even after twenty-five years in the field of autism, I am still shocked. A Ph.D. student with Asperger’s syndrome said to me last week, "I’ve just discovered that people don’t always say what they mean. So how do you know how to trust language?" Her "discovery" at the age of twenty-seven is one that the typical child makes at age four, in the teasing interactions of the playground.
-Simon Baron-Cohen, in a fascinating article on honesty and autism found via The Edge
Imagine that President Bush decided to indefinitely delay the release of the final Harry Potter book.

There would be furious public protest that wouldn't stop. It would be the top story day after day after day, and the pundits would be scratching their heads about why the President of the United States would do something so pointless and so frustrating to the American people.

Imagine that President Bush decided to indefinitely delay the return of our troops.
-Vast Left, a rather indispensable blog for catching the follies of the Bush administration

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