Erring

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

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.