1. Good ideas almost always begin as heresy.
2. Life is pointless. So what? Make your own meaning. Revise to suit.
3. If you can't think anything at all, you can't think anything at all. Any limitations you place on what you're willing to consider restrict your ability to engage in rational thought. That includes, of course, limiting your ideas to "rational" ones… Sometimes silly leads the way.
4. You're only entitled to the opinions you've thought through. You can only do that if you use hard data. Opinions you adopt from others are other people's opinions, not yours.
5. Fear is caused by thinking you have an answer when in fact, you haven't done anything to get one.
6. Belief in one truth over all others debases that truth. There are always a lot of truths, some of which can be simultaneously and contradictorily true.
7. Having no good flaws is worse than having no good traits.
8. The inability to run a mental simulation of the effects of any given action is an excellent indication of a possible new frontier. Simply, if you don't know what will happen when you do something, there is no question that you will learn by doing it.
9. The common denominator of human nature is the desire to transcend human nature. What are you doing about it?
10. Why is the marketing of a product inevitably more effective than the product itself? Self-help books induce millions to buy, though few change. Appropriate the techniques by which you are manipulated into buying life-styles and packaged ideals, and use them to sell yourself the actual life and ideals you want. Learning how illusion works allows us to make illusion work for us.
11. New ideas result nearly exclusively from the combination of thoughts, images, or concepts previously assumed to be exclusive. Creation is entirely the child of synthesis and discord.
12. It's not important that others agree with you. It's equally unimportant that you agree with others. It's important for everyone to listen.
13. If an answer is easy, it's probably wrong. If an answer is simple, there's a fair chance it's right. Or at least useful.
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