“The first thing you picked up from us was that Hitler broadcast. Why did you make contact?”
“The picture, of course, was alarming. We could tell you were in deep trouble. But the music told us something else. The Beethoven told us there was hope. Marginal cases are our specialty.”
Richer and more realistic assumptions do not suffice to make a theory successful. Scientists use theories as a bag of working tools, and they will not take on the burden of a heavier bag unless the new tools are very useful.
Misinformation, even when it is not deliberate, is at the bottom of much human misery.
“The Thud of Ideas”
…human beings cannot fight with such weapons and remain human…
of nuclear weapons, “The Unforgettable Fire”
“There are times when–” Ridcully began, and then the compost heap exploded.
It wasn’t a bang or a boom. It was the dampest, most corpulent eruption in the history of terminal flatulence.
A dagger will beat a rock almost every time.
…Then Coraline dreamed a few commercials, and after that she dreamed of nothing at all.
…the looking itself is a trace of what
we’re looking for…
Many a person who protests against the museum conception of art, still shares the fallacy from which that conception springs. For the popular notion comes from a separation of art from the objects and scenes of ordinary experience that many theorists and critics pride themselves upon holding and even elaborating.
A revolving door is simply an ingenious trap which most people have learned to spring without getting killed.