We call ideas pretty when we think they are false, and ugly when we do not care if they are true.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
You can’t tell a man what he doesn’t know he doesn’t know.
Not to opine in public on matters that surpass one’s understanding — this is the most neglected of civic duties.
We are constantly warned against sunk cost, yet sunk belief is so much more expensive.
To speak for those who cannot speak for themselves is impossible and impertinent.
You can talk a man into anything, as long as there’s nothing you have to talk him out of.
Ugliness, incompetence, immaturity: these have become ideologies — no longer failures but ends in themselves.
You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.
Two parties will often heatedly dispute a fact which, if it could be definitely established, would change the opinion of neither.
Facts, n. Values that one is unwilling or unable to articulate.