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

Aug 132013
 

The cliché is not the hackneyed phrase, but the hackneyed train of thought of which it is the natural product.

Aug 022013
 

Certain ideas are so corrosive that they eat through even themselves.

Jul 262013
 

The parable of the drunk looking for his keys under the street lamp, where the light is better, explains vast swaths of intellectual history.

Jul 102013
 

The modern mind will countenance any explanation for what you say except that you believe it.

Jun 252013
 

First you do not write what you think, then you do not say what you think, and finally you do not think what you think.

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.