General Patton or Shakespeare's Henry V: Who Said It Better?
Two of the most famously rousing speeches in history, though one is from a dramatic work, address many of the same topics: bravery, fear, camaraderie, and death.
Two of the most famously rousing speeches in history address many of the same topics: bravery, fear, camaraderie, and death.
General George S. Patton delivered his speech to the American Army on several occasions as it prepared for the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II.
Patton's aggressive approach to war ultimately cost him his career, though not before winning him many supporters — and battles.
At the battle of Agincourt in 1415, England's King Henry V was vastly outnumbered by French fighters, yet the English army carried the day.
Shakespeare dramatizes the unlikely victory by writing Henry a speech that inspires in his men a miraculous fighting spirit.
GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON AND SHAKESPEARE'S HENRY V ON DYING:
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.
- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
- "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"