Erring

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

Jul 312014
 

Few would deny that the earth was flat if it were a small inconvenience to maintain that it is round.

May 202014
 

Belief is an equilibrium, and that is just the trouble.

May 152014
 

We invent metrics partly to dignify arguments, but mostly to disguise them.

Apr 252014
 

Untried beliefs are the most firmly held.

Apr 162014
 

There are entire fields, like psychiatry and philosophy, devoted chiefly to exploding the errors that they create.

Apr 022014
 

A man should be pleased to make subtle errors; it means he has avoided the obvious ones.

Apr 012014
 

The inability to fathom a design without a designer leads to hostility to markets in half of the world, and hostility to Darwin in the other half.

Mar 122014
 

To make a grave error clearly and follow it through consistently will place a man among the greatest of philosophers.

Feb 062014
 

It is so much easier not to be wrong than to be right.

Feb 042014
 

In the most intractable arguments, one party regards as a question of degree what the other regards as one of kind.