Erring

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

Aug 282020
 

There is a surprising incuriosity about how one’s political opponents, apparently functioning humans, arrive at beliefs that will lead to the destruction of life on earth. Stupid and Evil are the popular theories of mind.

Aug 242020
 

Many false beliefs are instrumental, but no one holds them instrumentally.

Jul 312020
 

If you think you would rather be right and despised than wrong and beloved, you are wrong.

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.