blunt essays with sharp points
Mar 11, 2008 11:18 AM–This article from the Science-Based Medicine blog is an unsettling reminder that people, even people in the scientific community, believe themselves much less gullible than they are, believe themselves immune to human weaknesses they can easily see in others, and effortlessly ignore facts that contradict what they believe.
This fact of human nature is why Richard Feynman, one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, wrote that the first principle of scientific integrity, the main reason science has advanced our knowledge so greatly, is, “you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.”
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes they fool you by walking upright.
What part of “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” don’t you understand?
Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. —Terry Pratchett
Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig. —Robert Heinlein
Do not ask why the past was better than the present, for this is not a question prompted by wisdom. —Ecclesiastes 7:10
Power lines abruptly stopped causing cancer in 1997 after the U.S. National Cancer Institute conducted a better study. —Robert Parks
Встретимся под столом! (Vstretimsja pod stolom: To meeting you under the table!)
The more you cry, the less you’ll pee.
Relish the love of a good woman.
It’ll never get better if you keep picking at it. —advice from Judge “Maximum” Bob Gibbs