You have to have a temperamental attraction to dangerous ideas.

— Jim Holt

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Jokes often arise involuntarily, like dreams, and tend to be swiftly forgotten.

From these similarities Freud inferred that jokes and dreams share a common origin in the unconscious. Both are essentially means of outwitting our inner 'censor'.

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Suppose you turn your attention inward in search of this 'I'.

You may encounter nothing more than an ever changing stream of consciousness, a flow of thoughts and feelings in which there is no real self to be discovered.

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When you are trying to understand the world, it is unwise to assume that you occupy a privileged position in it.

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It has been said that the question, 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is so profound that it would occur only to a metaphysician, yet so simple that it would occur only to a child.

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To abandon the principle of simplicity would be to abandon all reasoning about the external world

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Having just enough life to enjoy being dead.

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