Friday, March 5, 2010

Quotation : Man

The Guide by R.K Narayan page 85

His mother used to say " If there is one good man anywhere, the rain would descend for his sake and benefited the world " quoting from a Tamil poem.

Mr Sampath - The printer of Malgudi by R.K. Narayan
pg 10
Man has no significance except as a wage earner, as an economic unit, as a receptacle of responsibilities

Diary by Chuck Palahniuk pg 33
Your wife , your daughter , you mother. The three women in your life

Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner
pg 257
Economist typically separate our daily activities into three categories : Market Work(which produce income), home production(unpaid chores) and pure leisure.
Economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.
An incentive is simply a means of urging people to do more of a good thing and less of a bad thing.But most incentives don't come about organically. Someone--- an economist or a politician or a parent --- has to invent them.
...... There are three basic flavors of incentive: economic, social and moral.

The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
Quote pg 139
"The anxiety about human nature can be boiled down to four fears:
(1) If people are inately different, opression and discrimination would be justified
(2) If people are inately immoral, hopes to improve the human condition would be futile.
(3) If people are products of biology, free will would be a myth and we could no longer hold people responsible for their actions.
(4) If people are products of biology, life would have no higher meaning and purpose "

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