Erring

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

Jul 102020
 

It requires only belief in a few fashionable ideas to make the world a place of endless wonder and constant surprise.

Jun 042020
 

When intelligence is no longer required for survival, it is instead expended on ever more baroque ways of being wrong.

May 222020
 

Just as there are ideas so mad that you must be clever to believe them, so there is behavior so weird that you must be clever to engage in it.

Apr 282020
 

No matter how bad your argument is, you can be sure it’s not original.

Apr 202020
 

There are no double standards, only invidious criteria.

Apr 132020
 

There is small reason to believe, outside of a few specialized fields, that a proposition is correct because it can be persuasively argued for.

Jan 172020
 

It is natural, if you believe that speech is violence, to believe that violence is speech.

Jan 082020
 

There’s no shame in being wrong, only in not paying for it.

Nov 252019
 

People will swallow just about any story. Only when it’s not a story do we refuse to swallow it.

Nov 112019
 

Problems without solutions do less harm than solutions without problems.