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

Jan 312018
 

No topic provokes stupidity like intelligence.

Jan 182018
 

There is a level of generality — the airport-book level — on which every thesis is exactly as plausible as its opposite.

Jan 122018
 

No complicated idea has ever had much influence in the world.

Dec 252017
 

The dots are mostly real, the connections mostly imagined.

Dec 052017
 

Valid, complete arguments are known as proofs. The rest is philosophy.

Dec 042017
 

The ideologue is at his most ideological​ when assuring you that the matter in question is beyond ideology.

Nov 222017
 

When we wish to follow the man, we find the reasons.

Oct 312017
 

Naive irrationality is the refusal to refer actions and sentiments to abstract principle; decadent irrationality is the insistence on it.

Oct 242017
 

Our idea that beliefs, in themselves, can make one virtuous — what is it but grace by faith?