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.

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.