Quote: Turtles all the way down


Title: For the Win
Author: Cory Doctorow
Page: 153

There’s a saying from physics, “It’s turtles all the way down.” Do you know it? It comes from a story about a British physicist, Bertrand Russell, who gave a lecture about the universe, how the Earth goes around the Sun and so on. And a little old granny in the audience says, “It’s all rubbish! The world is flat and rests on the back of a turtle!” And Russell says, “If that is so, what does the turtle stand on?” And the granny says, “You can’t fool me, sonny, it’s turtles all the way down!” In other words, what lives under the illusion is yet another illusion, and under that one is another illusion again.

Quote: Flesh dangling, flies swarming


Title: Radio Shangri-La
Author: Lisa Napoli
Page: 140

“To begin gathering interviews for the report we walked down to the row of meat shops near the vegetable market, below the lower road where the bloody carcasses that hung in the windows would make even the most devoted carnivore commit to tofu and kale forever. They looked like Upton Sinclair’s nightmare incarnate., flesh dangling, flies swarming, the occasional stray dog panting and drooling nearby.”

Always interesting to hear the description of a meat market in other countries, it is so foreign to the sanitary grocery stores we are familiar with.

Quote: Envy not Greed Drives Economics


Title: For the Win
Author: Cory Doctorow
Page: 117

” The important thing wasn’t what they needed or loved, it was the idea that someone else would have something they couldn’t have.

Connor made his second great discovery: Envy, not greed, was the most powerful force in any economy.”

— Who would think that besides a lesson on labor relations, a book written for teens would also explain economic theory using in game buying and selling of elite items.