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Business is more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind more continuously, and more deeply.

Feb 042021

Munitions manufacturers exist because we want to war; cigarette manufacturers because we want to smoke; and manufacturers of lies and imbecilities because we want to believe them.

Jan 272021

Great problems are solved backwards: practice, then theory, and philosophical foundations, if ever, last of all.

Jan 252021

Law of Scientific Consensus: A consensus will form on the hypothesis most likely to confer funding and employment. This hypothesis will always be termed “scientific” and may well be true.

Jan 192021

A political slogan on a corporation’s website is an act of mischief; in a shopkeeper’s window it is a plea to be spared.

Dec 302020

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.

Dec 142020

Being told so much more often to Look Professional and Act Professional than Be Professional, one begins to suspect that it is in looking and acting that professionalism largely consists.

Dec 022020

A polity achieves decadence when the companies that help you make money make less money than the companies that help you spend it.

Nov 122020

A few facts about an artist’s life can, if you’re not careful, spoil his work for good.

Oct 302020

In a large organization it is impossible to act alone, and every corporate and governmental imbecility that comes to your attention has been vetted by several layers of imbeciles.