Thinking

Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.
—Whitehead

Apr 082020
 

You never get a good piece of music stuck in your head, just an idiotically catchy pop song or advertising jingle; and ideas work the same way.

Mar 182020
 

All issues appear to have two sides for the same reason a tetrahedron does; and our spatial is better than our logical perspective.

Feb 262020
 

Though modern society generally punishes stupidity, it allows certain specialized forms of it, often confused with intelligence, to flourish.

Jan 232020
 

Utter dissociation of thought and action is normal; for its opposite we reserve special terms, like saint, or fanatic, or fool.

Jan 142020
 

Occam’s Razor accounts not for the world’s simplicity, but for our own.

Dec 272019
 

We have become too cool for deontology, yet remain too stupid for consequentialism.

Dec 182019
 

Reasoning to broad, correct conclusions is like beating the market: it happens, but not to you.

Nov 202019
 

The cure for being in thrall to one bad idea, the reasonable moderate constantly assures us, is to be in thrall to several.