Oops I didn't mean to libel de Sade. Of course liking him doesn't necessarily reflect on *him *(see Neitzsche for more details).
Re Newton, I thought it because I read something like this: Newton's famous phrase "If I have seen further than others, then it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants" and the story that the idea of gravity came to him watching an apple fall have to be understood in relation to his enmity with Robert Hooke<http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Robert_Hooke>, the greatest experimental scientist of his age. The term "gravity" had been coined by Hooke, especially in relation to planetary motion, and he even tried to measure it experimentally, before Newton even mentioned it. Thus it is likely that his inspiration for gravity came from the seven pages of notes he took from Robert Hooke's work than from observing falling apples. Newton - being well known as one of the most aggravating personalities in science as well as one of the biggest brains - expunged all references to Hooke's work from his publications, and it's said that the reason that there are no surviving portraits of Hooke is because Newton destroyed them all. <http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton#cite_note-3> Legend has it that Newton's "shoulders of giants" phrase was a dig at Hooke, because Hooke was short. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Isaac_Newton Maybe ironically was the wrong word. My point, if there was one, was that it wasn't merely modest and self-deprecating, as it superficially appears to be. On 4 November 2013 16:16, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > On 11/3/2013 7:04 PM, LizR wrote: > >> Brent... >> >> Agree 100%, Rand sounds like a ghastly unempathic admirer of fascism and >> probably the Maquis de Sade. >> > > Actually that's libeling the Marquis de Sade who was thoughtful man who > happened to like kinky sex and didn't believe in hypocrisy. > > http://www.sade-ecrivain.com/Dialogue-Between-a-Priest-and- > a-Dying-Man.html > > > >> (By the way I think that quote from Newton was originally intended >> ironically :) >> > > Why would you think that? It might of have been false modesty, but I > don't think it was irony. > > Brent > "If I have seen less are than other men it is because I have stood in the > footprints of giants." > --- Bill the Gates > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. > Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out. > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.