Everything – Page 6 – A book of aphorisms
Feb 022021
 

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.

Feb 012021
 

To argue with one’s political opponents is neither effective nor satisfying. It is more satisfying to insult and rage at them, and more effective to libel and report them.

Jan 292021
 

Humans, though naturally curious, are also highly trainable, and when we are punished often enough for noticing something we will eventually refrain.

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 212021
 

To fend for oneself in a high civilization demands a certain cognitive minimum; when too many lack it the civilization lowers itself to meet them, and the process is hastened by letting them vote.

Jan 202021
 

Beauty has no history, and every history of art is only a history of taste.