Gregory Berns quotes

  • A person can have the greatest idea in the world - completely different and novel - but if that person can't convince enough other people, it doesn't matter,
    -- Gregory Berns

    #Ideas #People #Different

  • There is, of course, great value in belonging to a group. Safety in numbers, for one. But there is also a mathematical explanation for why the brain is so willing to give up its own opinions: a group of people is more likely to be correct about something than an individual.
    -- Gregory Berns

    #Giving Up #Numbers #People

  • Because humans, in effect, created dogs through domestication, the canine mind reflects back to us how we see ourselves through the eyes, ears, and noses of another species.
    -- Gregory Berns

    #Dog #Eye #Mind

  • When confronted with information streaming from the eyes, the brain will interpret this information in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Time is energy. The longer the brain spends performing some calculation, the more energy it consumes. Considering the brain runs on about 40 watts of power (a lightbulb!), it doesn't have a lot of energy to spare.
    -- Gregory Berns

    #Running #Eye #Brain

  • I tried the paleo diet, which is the caveman diet - lots of meat. And I tried the calorie restriction diet: The idea is that if you eat very, very little - if you're on the verge of starvation, you will live a very long time, whether or not you want to, of course.

  • Once I went to bed in Orlando and I woke up in Atlanta. I have no idea how that happened.

  • I said, ‘There’s one idea I’ve been carrying in my hip pocket for 35 years. It’s Woodrow Wilson.’

  • Writing essays and teaching composition have helped me immensely in writing poetry, because they've forced me to focus on the structure of ideas.

  • Often we want people to pray for us and help us, but we always defeat our object when we look too much to them and lean upon them. The true secret of union is for both to look upon God, and in the act of looking past themselves to Him they are unconsciously united.

  • My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.

  • People who deal with life generously and large-heartedly go on multiplying relationships to the end.

  • The bells they sound on Bredon, And still the steeples hum. "Come all to church, good people"- Oh, noisy bells, be dumb; I hear you, I will come.

  • Money has no color. If you can build a better mousetrap, it won't matter whether you're black or white. People will buy it.

  • The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one's own tradition with reverence for different traditions.