Monthly Archives: January 2013

Reagan

Reagan said and wrote a lot of things. Some were, in fact, pretty stupid (“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles..”), a characteristic which will guarantee them a long life thanks to his enemies who are quite happy to keep them … Continue reading

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Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect

Another perfect example of why this site exists. This time, the memory jog came from Ace, a worthwhile post in and of itself, even without the reference to this phenomenon. Anyway, this concept was originally formulated by Michael Crichton for … Continue reading

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Heinlein’s Razor

There are a number of (slight) variations of this: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice. By the way, there’s a huge trove of Heinlein quotes here.

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Sammentræf i Södertälje

or Coincidence in Södertälje. This refers to a post from the Danish blog Snaphanen which examines the occurrence of (yet another) arson in Sweden. In this case, the coincidence is between the arson – OK, apparent arson – at a … Continue reading

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Dignity

From Mr Driscoll again , comes this line, [The] “How dare you” shtick is a reminder of Marshall McLuhan’s classic line that “Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity.”

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