Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.

Aug 112014

One can achieve certain intense aesthetic experiences only at the cost of missing out on others entirely.

Aug 082014

Exceptionally bad art sometimes acquires a constituency, as famous murderers attract marriage proposals.

Aug 072014

Art corrupts politics more than politics corrupts art.

Jul 142014

Monotheism is the most conspicuous failure of the principle of parsimony.

Jul 092014

You can smoke all you like in the movies, but you can’t cough without dying.

Jun 132014

People praise sincerity in art because they cannot bear the idea that an artist can imitate their deepest thoughts and feelings while remaining unmoved by them.

May 282014

Religion without doctrine and ritual is nothing, or as we now say, spirituality.

Jan 202014

Our ancestors believed in ghosts of people; we believe in multiple regression — ghosts of causes.