Stupidity at an immense age becomes instrumental rationality, just as crime on an immense scale becomes statecraft.
Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.
Genuine error varies directly with spurious precision.
One certainty is often exchanged for another, doubt for certainty occasionally, certainty for doubt almost never.
To see one’s thought summarized aptly and briefly is the rare experience that is flattering and humiliating in equal measure.
Thought is discrete: nature is continuous.
Precision requires elision.
First Law of Social Science: All effects are weaker than they appear.
Truth is often radically antipodal, but never moderate.
Machinery does mostly good as reality and mostly harm as metaphor.
The trouble with physics is that it doesn’t scale.