Dec 112017

A belief no fact can sink no fact can float.

Dec 082017

The aphorist strives for the shock of recognition, the moment it dawns on the reader that, yes, that is just what other people are like.

Dec 072017

The good cause that leads to bad outcomes may not be all that good a cause.

Dec 062017

A very few rigorous social processes — scientific method, trial by jury — converge on truth reliably. Argument is not among them.

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.

Dec 012017

Intelligence, n.   The ability to make more elaborate errors, with more plausible justifications.

Nov 302017

The danger of writing to a schedule is sloppy, repetitive, inflated work; the danger of not writing to a schedule is no work.

Nov 282017

Civilization is not a cure for barbarism; it is a respite from barbarism, to be enjoyed while it lasts.