Quotations From NATHAN COPPEDGE


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  • 'One way is to look at people's obsessions. A few generations ago, PCs, laptops, and smartphones had to be an obsession to mean anything. Similarly, even twenty years ago, communication of the laws of physics was by rote or involved the authority of a large university. If we look at the implications, the ironic message is that several (entire) generations of the smartest people have not been noticing simple mechanics or philosophical genius—instead they have been focused on futuristic things and electronics. And I (born in 1982) have attempted to take advantage of this… So, although it may be that it is too late for the old people to learn, each succeeding young generation has the opportunity to learn that new discoveries in basic mechanics can still be made, and new philosophical revolutions can still be born. So my message is: 1. The Millennials continue to miss perpetual motion.2. The Millennials are one of the most omniscient generations, but perpetual motion is a real practical idea.3. The older generation is the most authentic generation with electronics, and therefore ignored both perpetual motion and omniscience.4. What the old and young have in common is their hate of perpetual motion, but that is a worthless attitude.5. Omniscience and perpetual motion are more useful than ever before.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, Feb 2018
  • 'It moves up and down from rest with all moving parts. Wheels do not move up and down from rest. Therefore, it is more efficient than a wheel. Therefore it is perpetual motion.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, The Simplest Argument for Perpetual Motion, Feb 2018
  • 'They thought I was rare because they thought I was valuable, so they thought I was gambling, so life was random, so there were political problems, so I developed a disillusioned view of life: how is this avoidable? We can go nowhere if we do not affirm merit. And merit is either / or, so we may as well grant it because things are worse off if we don't, because merit is valuable. Merit is a thinking tool.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, The Critique of Metaphysical Culture, Feb 2018
  • 'Everyone who has self-reliance has a lot of resources, because its impossible to succeed without resources. Self-reluance isn't really self-reliance. Women value self reliance because they like men who have no problems. But that is not really self-reliance, that is a foobob. Self-reliance is a foobob. Its either creating difficulty, or its really easy. I tried to achieve easy difficulty because it seemed like the answer. Someone else might have an easy time because they have many resources. If someone survives without many resources, that is difficulty, which is not what is meant by self-reliance. Or they have resources of another kind, which is still resources. Being a madman who barely survives is not self-reliance unless it is a kind of foobob. Men don't like foobobs, they like living well.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, The Critique of Metaphysical Culture, Feb 2018
  • 'It is necessary to have great ideas, because ideas have value. I need to have exceptional value, because I am a human being. It must be admitted that a life bereft of ideas can never absolutely be valued. At least, it would be a waste, unless it were insubstantial or had ideas. So, ideas have substance.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, The Critique of Metaphysical Culture, Feb 2018
  • 'A great idea is truly great, and so it is any big idea that could perform some amazing function. And so there is not much to do except to create objective knowledge and perpetual motion.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, The Critique of Metaphysical Culture, Feb 2018
  • 'Many people have the attitude that there are no exceptions, which is the same thing as thinking that no one is exceptional.
    But this is the same thing as denying the thinking man, for if anyone is exceptional, inasmuch as they are exceptiinal, they will be leagues beyond all competition. Even in ratios this is remarkable. So it should be basic metaphysics to acknowledge everyone is exceptional, and that someone is extrenely exceptional in every known area, maybe even in unknown areas. Then we cannot hold that there are no exceptions. It is closer to the truth that exceptions are all there are. If we deny exceptions, this runs against the idea that humans have resources, which in turn runs against the idea that we are not crazy people barely surviving in the wilderness. Maybe desperation is a romantic metaphor, but it does not explain modern existence. When we recognize people are exceptional, we should recognize they have resources, and we should therefore recognize that what is exceptional is far ahead of the competition. And so, we should not deny that if there is a thinking man, he is far ahead of the second and third thinking man, even if we don't know him and place others ahead. We can likewise confirm that thinking in general is exceptional, and that true human existence is truly great, as it concerns ideas that have value, since human life has value. Nevertheless, we should not argue that any resemblance of human life is not good, as this would deny the resemblance between a mere resemblance of human life, and a human life which is exceptional.
    In fact, in the affirmation of human life, we affirm some kind of exception, which is also intelligence. Necessarily human life that is without value will also be desperate, which necessarily means that it will be exceptional. And likewise the life that is not desperate will have resources, which have value, and so it is exceptional. And inbetween exceptional and exceptional it will also be exceptional, which shows that it is all-in-all exceptional.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, The Critique of Metaphysical Culture, Feb 2018
  • 'Commitments are properties... After thought is produced the color we have just experienced.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, Feb 2018
  • 'We may as well admit it is possible to make a better rendition that does not concern Socrates.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, Feb 2018
  • 'Imagine, there are angry villagers because of perpetual motion. It is not primitive enough for them.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, Shock Treatment, Feb 2018
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