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Quotes for Misanthropes: Second Edition
     

Quotes for Misanthropes: Second Edition

by Bruce Ladd Gary
 
Humans have always been interested in identifying and exposing hypocrisy. Many collections of quotations have been written, and many of the entries are clever treatments of human hypocrisy. The term "human hypocrisy" is redundant, for only humans are hypocritical. Indeed, one theory for the evolution of language suggests that the capacity for speech was driven by the

Overview

Humans have always been interested in identifying and exposing hypocrisy. Many collections of quotations have been written, and many of the entries are clever treatments of human hypocrisy. The term "human hypocrisy" is redundant, for only humans are hypocritical. Indeed, one theory for the evolution of language suggests that the capacity for speech was driven by the payoffs for misleading others. Since hypocrisy is unique to humans, and since it appears to be a "human universal" (found in all cultures), I have coined the term "Homo Hypocritus" as a mocking reference to our species.

Misanthropes are people who are profoundly disappointed in the shortcomings of human nature. We are unwilling to surrender hope for the day when humans will remake themselves to be worthy of the lofty opinion they have always had for themselves. Since misanthropes wish for human improvement, it is natural for them to be keen on identifying things needing improvement. Many of the quotations within these pages are material for some future project at converting Homo hypocritus to Homo sapiens.

This book consists of two parts. The first 80% is a collection of quotes from the literature that capture the essential hypocritical core of human nature, and the remainder of the book consists of the author's attempts at pithy one-liners.

Most of the quotations in this book are "politically correct" - which is to say that some are not. The author does not wish to offend, and is confident that almost anyone will enjoy this collection of quotes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979844621
Publisher:
Reductionist Publications
Publication date:
02/06/2014
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.21(d)

Meet the Author

I was born in 1939 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up on a small farm nearby. By age 6 I was smitten by the stars, and astronomy became a life-long hobby. I graduated from the University of Michigan with an astronomy degree in 1961. A 2-year stint at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC was followed by 2 years at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I worked briefly at Cornell University's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and then returned to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory until retirement 32 years later, in 1998.

My 38 years of employment were in several fields: radio astronomy, atmospheric boundary layer remote sensing, aviation safety and airborne atmospheric science. I have over 100 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, four patents and numerous awards. The highlight of my pre-retirement career is participation as a principal investigator in all of the NASA-led international campaigns of airborne studies of stratospheric ozone depletion - commonly referred to as "the ozone hole." The airborne instrument that I developed was helpful in determining that man-made chemicals (chlorofluorocarbon, CFC) are responsible for the ozone hole. Another accomplishment during my career was the creation of an avionics instrument for warning and avoidance of "clear air turbulence," CAT, which is described in two of my patents.

After retirement I resumed the childhood hobby of astronomy, and moved to Arizona where I have constructed a 2-dome observatory in my backyard. My participation in a professional/amateur project (XO) led to co-authorship of discovery papers of five exoplanets (planets that orbit other stars). I recently consulted as a Visiting Scholar for a university by observing a list of exoplanet candidates and dwarf eclipsing binary stars. My publication rates before and after retirement are comparable, so in effect I haven't retired.

Resume: http://brucegary.net/resume.html

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