“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them”

Albert Einstein saying it well.

Here’s a variation on the first part:  Intellectuals cause the problems they then appear to try to solve.

Lots of motion.  Little productivity.

Here’s a variation on the second part: Geniuses (and I’ll accept ‘wise people’ here) make our lives better.

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Satire or Irony

Recently, a Facebook friend posted this quote that he attributed to Sydney Harris, Journalist (1917-1986).

Elitism is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity.

I couldn’t tell if this was fine satire or meant to be serious, but ended up being ironic.   Of course an elitist would think himself meritorious and the rest as mediocre.

Let’s assume he was serious.  If so, I would respond:

Believing you are meritorious and others are mediocre does not make it so.  Both beliefs are logical fallacies without merit.  Merit is determined by one thing: whether you are right or wrong.  Why don’t we spend less time committing logical fallacies and more time figuring out if we are right or wrong?

Thomas Jefferson – Retired Quote of the Month

It is time to replace the quote of the month from the righthand sidebar.  This is a great one from Thomas Jefferson :

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.

 

Retiring Quote of the Week…

“‘Emergencies’ have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.” -Friedrich Hayek

…and changing it to Quote of the Month given my frequency in changing it.

Quote of the Week

Time to retire the quote of the week, it’s been much longer than that.  But, this is a good quote and a keeper.

“Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.” -Nassim Taleb