Thinking

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.
—Whitehead

Jul 142015
 

Stupidity at an immense age becomes instrumental rationality, just as crime on an immense scale becomes statecraft.

Jun 222015
 

One certainty is often exchanged for another, doubt for certainty occasionally, certainty for doubt almost never.

Jun 182015
 

To see one’s thought summarized aptly and briefly is the rare experience that is flattering and humiliating in equal measure.

Jun 122015
 

First Law of Social Science: All effects are weaker than they appear.

Jun 092015
 

Truth is often radically antipodal, but never moderate.

May 292015
 

Machinery does mostly good as reality and mostly harm as metaphor.

Apr 292015
 

The trouble with physics is that it doesn’t scale.