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The Truth is much too Complicated to Allow Anything but Approximations

I think that it is a relatively good approximation to truth — which is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations — that mathematical ideas originate in empirics.  But, once they are conceived, the subject begins to live a peculiar life of its own and is … governed by almost entirely aesthetical motivations. In […]

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Creativity

“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.” – John Cleese.

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Quotation of the Day: Winning

“What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War To understand the relationship between Sun Tzu and NBA coaching, see Wages of Wins.

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Excellence

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle “For me, pushing myself is way more about ‘It’s hard to make something that’s interesting.’ It’s really, really hard, and I’m sure we don’t succeed with every story on every show. Basically, anything that anyone makes…It’s like a […]

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Quotations of the Day: On Realistic Expectations

Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law. — Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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History Repeating Itself.

“First, you push on your territories, where you have no business to be, and where you had promised not to go; secondly, your intrusion provokes resentment, and resentment means resistance.  Thirdly, you instantly cry out that the people are rebellious and their act is rebellion…Fourthly, you send out a force to stamp out rebellion; and […]

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Labor Day Quotation: On the Merits of Capitalism

“The greatest beneficiaries of capitalism are those at the bottom of the income ladder. That’s why I favor capitalism. Were that not the case, I would not be in favor of capitalism. Milton Friedman feels the same way.” Gary Becker HT: John Goodman

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Quotation of the Day

“Where there is no Standard there can be no Improvement” – Taiichi Ohno

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Quotation of the Day

I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous. — Old Proverb

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The Soviet Union and Plato’s Republic

“Baggy two-piece suits are not the obvious costume for philosopher kings: but that, in theory, was what the apparatchiks who rule the Soviet Union in the 1960s were supposed to be. Lenin’s state made the same bet that Plato had twenty-five centuries earlier, when he proposed that enlightened intelligence gives absolute powers would serve the […]

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