Dan: What is the Harry Potter movie series, in the end?
Natasha: A parable about Nazis. DUH, NEXT QUESTION.
Dan: IT IS A MACHINE THAT PRINTS HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY FOR TIME WARNER COMMUNICATIONS.
Given that! I count my blessings that AGAINST ALL ODDS the movies have been inventive, thoughtful, well cast, beautiful to look at, and fairly faithful to the books. And – MOST IMPORTANTLY – that they have gotten better each time! What kind of universe do we live in? Since when does Hollywood take a beloved series about which nerds feel strongly and NOT FUCK IT UP?
Natasha: IS THIS HOW JJRR ABRAMS/TOLKIEN FANS FEEL ALL THE TIME?!
Dan: Thank god for fucking Peter Jackson is all I have to say. The guy may be wasting away like he’s got the fucking Ring of Power, but thank God for him.
The first thing the scientists found is that curiosity obeys an inverted U-shaped curve, so that we’re most curious when we know a little about a subject (our curiosity has been piqued) but not too much (we’re still uncertain about the answer). This supports the information gap theory of curiosity, which was first developed by George Loewenstein of Carnegie-Mellon in the early 90s. According to Loewenstein, curiosity is rather simple: It comes when we feel a gap “between what we know and what we want to know”. This gap has emotional consequences: it feels like a mental itch, a mosquito bite on the brain. We seek out new knowledge because that’s how we scratch the itch.
“I don’t want anyone else but sometimes, surprisingly there is someone, not the prettiest or the most available, but you know that in another life it would be her. Or him? Don’t you find? A small quickening. The room responds to being entered. Like a raised blind. Nothing intended and a long way from actually doing anything, but you catch the glint of being someone else’s possibility and it’s a sort of politeness to show you haven’t missed it, so you push it a little, well within safety, but there’s that sense of a promise almost being made in the touching and kissing without which no one can seem to say good morning in this poncy business and one more push would do it.”—Tom Stoppard, from The Real Thing
“A person, according to Socrates, never chooses to act poorly or against his better judgment; actions that go against what is best are only a product of being ignorant of facts or knowledge of what is best or good.”—Akrasia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia