We smile at Aristotle for imbuing stones with agency, and ascribing to their affinity for the earth the effects of gravity; yet language almost compels us, when we speak of inanimate objects, to imply the same thing.
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.
Great problems are solved backwards: practice, then theory, and philosophical foundations, if ever, last of all.
There is no problem high intelligence causes that higher intelligence can’t fix.
The similarity in an analogy is the meat; the difference is the sauce.
The distinguished Soviet geneticist Vavilov was unpersoned for refusing to reject heredity in favor of the neo-Lamarckism championed by Lysenko and Stalin, and I feel fortunate to live in a country where nothing like that could ever happen.
We need not search for facts that confirm our opinions: all facts confirm our opinions.
Most of the things we want to talk about are continuous, and most of the ways we have to talk about them are discrete.
Markets tend naturally toward monopoly in certain commodities, like diamonds, or ideas.
Overrated: thinking before you speak
Underrated: thinking after you speak
Causation implies correlation.