A man at philosophy is like a cat up a tree: he can think his way into a lot more trouble than he can think his way out of.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
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.
Many false beliefs are instrumental, but no one holds them instrumentally.
If you think you would rather be right and despised than wrong and beloved, you are wrong.
It requires only belief in a few fashionable ideas to make the world a place of endless wonder and constant surprise.
When intelligence is no longer required for survival, it is instead expended on ever more baroque ways of being wrong.
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.
No matter how bad your argument is, you can be sure it’s not original.
There are no double standards, only invidious criteria.
There is small reason to believe, outside of a few specialized fields, that a proposition is correct because it can be persuasively argued for.