i'd rather have questions i can't answer than answers i can't question

The Sam Harris' Waking Up Podcast Live I went to in January was posted the other week, his guests were Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark.

Two quotes I wrote down then:
I'd rather have questions I can't answer than answers I can't question.
Max Tegmark
Universal consent is not what makes for moral truth.
Rebecca Goldstein (on, for instance, even if the Nazis had won, that wouldn't make them right.)
(Another idea I got from listening to it again is Goldstein's concept of "mattering", how important it is to us and our philosophies. And how religion can be like "mattering cheesecake" - full of the rich fatty deliciousness that are evolutionary line was so craving, but now kind of a bit too much... )

I got to thinking about this one problem I've heard Sam Harris describe, where our sympathy / compassion is a bit broken, that we are demonstrably more likely to respond a picture of a single suffering child then a picture of her and her brother, and even less to, say, their whole class of suffering kids. It's a bit of compassion fatigue, but I think it's more that we are more stirred to action to correct an outlier of injustice than take up arms against the way the world is. I think in some outlooks that stress Moderation as a virtue, and how things find their own path, this seeming contradiction is less paradoxical than it first seems.
astronaut.io explore the lonely internet, an endless slideshow of videos (ones up loaded with generic auto-generated number names) that maybe you'll be the only person looking at, ever.
Tattoos and babies aren't permanent like people say, both can be destroyed with lasers

Almost 90 today? Yeesh.