Thinking – Everything


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.

Jan 112024

The novice with only a hammer thinks everything looks like a nail. The expert sets about turning everything into a nail.

Dec 252023

The mind has no immune system, and can be cured of a virus only by another virus, or by a stronger dose of what infected it in the first place.

Nov 232023

To be a danger to oneself is a contradiction, for ethical hedonists, or a tautology, for everyone else.

Nov 172023

The proponent of an idea must be more ruthless than the Mongols. No conquest is permanent; every mind-territory is forever up for grabs.

Nov 142023

The specialist reviews the generalist: “A thorough and knowledgeable overview… regrettably full of errors on my particular subject.”

Nov 092023

We infer the future from the past because the past is all we have: our generalizations, like our generals, are always fighting the last war.

Nov 022023

Everyone has a favorite explanatory tool, which he will use, if it is all he has, to explain everything. One hopes at best to add an implement or two to the box, to spot, in the vast sea of nails, an occasional rivet or screw.