Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.

Mar 152017

We call ideas pretty when we think they are false, and ugly when we do not care if they are true.

Mar 102017

You can’t tell a man what he doesn’t know he doesn’t know.

Mar 022017

Not to opine in public on matters that surpass one’s understanding — this is the most neglected of civic duties.

Jan 312017

We are constantly warned against sunk cost, yet sunk belief is so much more expensive.

Jan 232017

To speak for those who cannot speak for themselves is impossible and impertinent.

Jan 062017

You can talk a man into anything, as long as there’s nothing you have to talk him out of.

Jan 042017

Ugliness, incompetence, immaturity: these have become ideologies — no longer failures but ends in themselves.

Dec 232016

You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.

Dec 122016

Two parties will often heatedly dispute a fact which, if it could be definitely established, would change the opinion of neither.

Dec 082016

Facts, n.  Values that one is unwilling or unable to articulate.