Placebo is most of medicine, and nocebo is most of philosophy.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
Whatever I’ve believed with passionate intensity has been wrong.
Not every aversion is a fear, and not every fear is a phobia.
The likelihood that a new scientific finding is true varies inversely with your desire to talk about it at parties.
The end of civilization will likely not be preceded by general alarm over civilization’s impending end.
A belief, we are told, is a thought you keep thinking; in fact you stopped thinking it some time ago, if it was ever a thought at all.
Vision, n. What no one but yourself can see.
The less our beliefs have to do with our actions, the more we cherish them.
We fret too much over the contradictions among our beliefs, in the unlikely event that we notice them at all.
It is one short step from explaining everything to defending anything.