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Roman Emperor Gordian II had a library of 62000 volumes designed for use rather than ostentation. (Edward Gibbon)


The late Culianu integrated combinatorics into the study of religion.

Combinatorics gives you the possibilities, but it does not give you their hierarchy.


It is not a mistake to use the rule so that the strong would not harm the weak.

It is a mistake to use the rule to destroy the evildoers so that the weak would not be harmed (e.g. The Code of Hammurabi).

Hammurabi did not separate evil and the evildoers.

Those that discern like Saint John the Baptist hate evil (never the evildoers).

Fight evil so that the strong would not harm the weak.


In Midrash Tehilim, survival lies in the difference between stone and pebbles.[1]


To discover the unifying principle in physics, you must first remove all the false ones — proceed by subtraction.[2]


If people do not have skin in the game, they add some risks; if people have skin in the game, they do not add those risks.[3]


In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain puts his life in the game for King Arthur; but this did not disrupt the king’s fragility.


In The Sacred Flame, Raniero di Raniero never realized the love his wife had for him until he sacrificed himself to not put his candle light out.[4]

Love without self-sacrifice is not love.[5]


In World War Z, the “tenth man” rule is behind the Mossad decision about the “zombie”―the rule has a Talmudic origin.[6] [7] [8]

[1] Fragmentation was the method of synthesis of punishment in Midrash Tehilim. Here the synthesis was with the contrary (effect).

[2] Werner Heisenberg.

[3] To understand this effect of skin in the game, see Nassim Taleb’s Incerto.

[4] Raniero prefers to be robbed than to have his candle light put out in the novella.

[5] Nassim Taleb.

[6] The “tenth man” rule: If nine of us arrive at the exact same conclusion, the tenth man must disagree; given the same information. (World War Z)

[7] The Talmudic origin: If there is no exception, we take no decision; if there is an exception, we take the decision―if the decision is “no,” the exception is “yes,” and vice versa.

[8] If the betrayal of Jesus Christ were a group decision given the same condition, it would be no betrayal.

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