We are constantly warned against sunk cost, yet sunk belief is so much more expensive.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
To speak for those who cannot speak for themselves is impossible and impertinent.
You can talk a man into anything, as long as there’s nothing you have to talk him out of.
Ugliness, incompetence, immaturity: these have become ideologies — no longer failures but ends in themselves.
You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.
Two parties will often heatedly dispute a fact which, if it could be definitely established, would change the opinion of neither.
Facts, n. Values that one is unwilling or unable to articulate.
Sometimes we encounter ideas that cannot be reconciled with what we already believe, and these we call untrue.
It is because we regard conforming opinions as virtue that we treat deviant ones as vice.
The wish is occasionally the father of the thought, but more often the midwife.