A class of failed disciplines — psychiatry, education, macroeconomics — unable to raise the mean, lower the variance and declare victory.
If policy simply achieved its ends, a new outlet would have to be found for the ingenuity expended in its defense.
It is in fields where expertise is dubious or bogus that practitioners stress the importance of deferring to expertise.
To write something that could not have been written any other way usually takes several drafts.
We ought to think of the present as if it were the past; instead we think of the past as if it were the present.
What politicians say about science is as silly as what scientists say about politics.
Prejudice, n. The precipitate of a principle.
The people who most need to be persuaded of their own stupidity have been told all their lives how clever they are.
People who refuse to be categorized are all alike.
Placebo is most of medicine, and nocebo is most of philosophy.