CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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August 8, 2019 (permalink)

"The only certainty he had was that the future held an adventure in an unknown location.  And with that certainty came the profound intuition that they were not alone." —Fernando Aranguiz, In Everything There Exists a Plan
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July 4, 2019 (permalink)

Finally, an accurate headline: "Destiny -- myth and superstition or not."  This headline, from The Kentucky Kernel (1964) is verifiably true: destiny is myth and superstition or not.
#superstition #destiny #vintage headline
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December 17, 2018 (permalink)

The only certainty is that the future holds an adventure in an unknown location, as we learn in Fernando Aranguiz's In Everything That Exists There Is a Plan, 2016.
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January 27, 2017 (permalink)

"The ultimate overthrow of everything, an ultimacy loose, brutal, and seemingly final—the sole certainty was of new meaning."
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November 29, 2016 (permalink)

"The sole certainty is that the etymological roots lie deep."
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October 24, 2016 (permalink)

"The only certainty about an odyssey is that one can never turn back." —Ethics and Public Administration
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September 6, 2016 (permalink)

"The sole certainty is that tomorrow will surprise us all."
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September 4, 2016 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that movement, change, and metamorphosis exists." —Andreas Treske, Video Theory

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July 31, 2016 (permalink)

"We would do well to remind ourselves always that the only certainty is, as the physics joke goes, that Heisenberg may have been here." —Greg Goodale, The Rhetorical Invention of Man

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May 30, 2016 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that a decision must be made, leaving us with the dilemma of decision-making under conditions of great uncertainty." —Nico Stehr, Knowledge Politics
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April 26, 2016 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that the insecurity will continue to mount, unless we can find a way to end this self-confirming and self-perpetuating quest for monsters to destroy." —Ira Chernus, Monsters to Destroy
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July 15, 2015 (permalink)

"The only certainty is the possibility of doubt itself." —Ludwig Siep, Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

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June 19, 2015 (permalink)

"The only certainty that is there is you. Why?—because even to doubt yourself, you have to be there." —Osho, Mindfulness in the Modern World

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October 19, 2014 (permalink)

But what is the point? Despair is the only certainty here.

Even so, recall "yonder beam" from previously.
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August 22, 2013 (permalink)

"Listen, you know as well as I do that the only certainty around here is that things are never going to get back to normal, don't you?" —David Moody, Autumn: The City (2011)
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July 29, 2013 (permalink)

"The only certainty was the money."
Christopher Farnsworth, The President's Vampire (2011)

Money whirlpool by Patrick Hoesly.
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July 22, 2013 (permalink)

Photo by Sam Liau.
"There is no absolute way to know if the dollar will go up, down or sideways—it may well do all of these things. The only certainty is that it will move." —Tim Weithers, Foreign Exchange (2011)
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June 13, 2013 (permalink)

"The only certainty is that our current scientific models fail. Entirely."
Brian Clegg, Gravity (2012)
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June 12, 2013 (permalink)

"The only certainty is this: the more tricks you pull out of your bag, the greater the chance that one of them will backfire."  —Char Booth, Reflective Teaching (2011)
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December 20, 2012 (permalink)

"The only certainty ... is that you'll never know if you could be one of them unless you try."
Sherryl Woods, The Summer Garden (2012)
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