Erring – Everything

Erring

Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
—Cunningham

Jun 072021
 

“How can you say that such-and-such is against X, when X is right there in its name?” This argument owes its extraordinary popularity to its utility as a trial balloon: people who swallow it will swallow anything.

May 282021
 

When bemoaning all that you should know, but do not, spare a thought for all that you should not know, but do.

May 062021
 

When I was young, I regarded argument as a path to truth, later as a harmless vice, and finally as a positive plague.

Mar 302021
 

Fools come in two kinds: the Barren, whom nothing reminds of anything; and the Promiscuous, whom anything reminds of everything.

Mar 032021
 

The illusion it affords of objectivity is conversion’s great appeal: the convert, though once a fanatic, has learned his lesson, and today’s belief is informed exclusively by a sober consideration of its merits.

Dec 292020
 

To treat such doctrines as pacifism and communism as errors is itself an error. One does not argue with pipe dreams, or refute impossibilities.

Dec 242020
 

We need not search for facts that confirm our opinions: all facts confirm our opinions.