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

May 232013
 

The deontologist blindfolds himself, lest his eyes deceive him.

May 202013
 

Philosophers are careful not to derive ought from is, less so about deriving is from ought.

May 072013
 

Small men flee from a generalization like small animals from a sudden noise — it might not mean danger, but why take a chance?

May 032013
 

Nothing so distresses the disciple as the master changing his mind.

Apr 172013
 

More is lost in translation from thought to page than from one language to another.

Apr 152013
 

Bad to take obscurity for profundity: worse to take clarity for shallowness.

Apr 082013
 

Profundities are often equivocations — trivially true in one sense, obviously false in another, and deep and subtle only if you do not choose.