Annotated Quotes

admin on November 23rd, 2010

K-species is ecological jargon for a population growth pattern that hovers in balance around the carrying capacity of the environment.  At the other end of the survival strategy spectrum are r-species, which colonize rapidly ahead of the competition, but because of this go through a series of booms and busts.  Many k-species rely on social […]

Continue reading about Natural Rights – We Are Not Bacteria

admin on November 18th, 2010

Skepticism, curiosity, adaptability and free will make up our natural rights.  These are the fundamental choices Nature granted us in order to survive.  When we naturally choose to be skeptical we learn from experience rather than do everything by automatic instinct.  When we naturally choose to be curious we seek out new experiences to learn […]

Continue reading about Natural Rights – Our Human Trademarks

admin on October 12th, 2010

I’m amazed at some of the things great scholars have deemed to be natural rights.   Here’s a little tip from my upcoming book, The Five Forgotten Truths: Natural rights, by definition, cannot be provided by civilization. Property that can be stored or hoarded instead of used is not natural.  The type of privacy that only […]

Continue reading about Natural Rights – Are Natural

admin on October 7th, 2010

The assumption that human nature is bad provides a nifty scapegoat for civilization.  When things go wrong with our social systems we can just blame it on flawed humanity instead.  In my next book under development, The Five Forgotten Truths, I counter that assumption. “Civilized systems, not human nature, need to change when society falters.” […]

Continue reading about Human Nature – When Society Falters

admin on September 30th, 2010

Natural humanity learns from experience; civilized humanity learns from dogma. You could use epistemology as a guide to distinguish what is natural from what is civilized. We are natural because we are a natural “product” subject to natural laws. We also are civilized. Some would argue that being civilized results from our natural evolution, yet […]

Continue reading about Human Nature – Learning from Experience

admin on September 21st, 2010

“Natural humanity is social; civilized humanity has been antisocial.” Hey!  Since I’ve been providing quotes by famous people I thought I would include a few of mine own.  We ironically brand antisocial behavior as uncivilized behavior.  Yet the prehistoric evidence establishes humanity as the most social of animals with a higher intellect.  The more “primitive” […]

Continue reading about Quotes – Human Nature – Social Humans

admin on September 10th, 2010

The Middle Class Forum features famous quotes accompanied by my annotations.  The topic for the quotes correspond to both humanity and the content covered in The Five Forgotten Truths, my next book that is near completion.  The reference for the quotes and their metadata will be “Quotationary” by Leonard Roy Frank.  In some cases I […]

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admin on September 3rd, 2010

I know a bit about Bertrand Russell but have never read anything by him.  This reveals an empirical quirk in my nature.  I never read books about long-distance backpacking because I choose to experience that rather than read about it.  Just so, what I know about Russell reveals similarity in our thinking:  namely, that I […]

Continue reading about Human Nature and Bertrand Russell

admin on September 1st, 2010

I don’t suppose George Orwell needs much of an introduction; who has not heard of the book 1984?  In essence, the book depicts paternalism gone amuck.  Paternalism is a product of civilization.  That makes Orwell’s following quote about human nature quite ironic.  Metadata is from Quotationary by Leonard Roy Frank. “If human nature never changes, […]

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admin on August 26th, 2010

Rousseau is fascinating to me.  Based on faulty information he often draws similar conclusions as I have from my own wilderness experiences and from reading ethnographies about hunter-gatherer societies, with one important exception.  His following quote about human nature, with metadata from Quotationary by Leonard Roy Frank, reveals the differences in our views towards human […]

Continue reading about Human Nature and Jean-Jacques Rousseau