How Can We Possibly Explain This Mystery?"Despite Tax Increase, California State Revenues in Freefall"--headline, Breitbart.com, Dec. 8
Most Unfortunate Headline of the Year"Kissing Balls Add Romance to Holiday Decor"--headline, Burlington County (N.J.) Times, Dec. 10
Is an Armed Society a Polite Society?The Founding Fathers put the Second Amendment into the Constitution not because they thought guns would make people virtuous but because they thought Americans already were virtuous and would continue to be so and, therefore, that they could be trusted with lethal weapons.
-- James Bowman
Or is a polite society one that may be armed?
Follow an Absolute Morality and Earn a Just AwardSubsidize wind and solar power, stop using fossil fuels, switch to electric cars, change your light bulbs, green your business, become a vegetarian, have fewer kids, we are told. If you do all these things and more, then man will be able to control hurricanes, stop the rise of the seas, and save the polar bears.
-- Steve Goreham
Aphorism of the WeekAn unquestioned given is not the same thing as a self-evident fact.
-- James Chastek, JustThomism
The Joys of Statistics“A statistician is one who prefers true doubts to false certainties.”
-- Stephen Senn, Head of the Competences Center for Methodology and Statistics (CCMS), Luxembourg
Great Expectations"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
-- Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. of Chicago
The Mind is Quicker than the Eye"Theory determines what can be observed"
-- Albert Einstein, comment Werner Heisenberg
De River in EgyptRelativism is just nihilism in denial.
-- theshink, commbox comment
Can You Stop This Coffin?The cleverness of the scientific system: to pretend that hypothesis expresses no conviction. “We must wait and see”. This is not a triumph of method, but of forgetfulness – that is, the forgetfulness of all experience outside the method. We could easily prove that a coffin was the universe, if we only forget that we nailed the lid shut from the inside.
-- James Chastek, JustThomism
Was Russell Some Sort of Religious Fanatic?But for children, there would be no need of any institution concerned with sex. It is through children alone that sexual relations become of importance to society, and worthy to be taken cognizance of by a legal institution.
-- Bertrand Russell, speaking on divorce law reform
On the Meniality of WorkIs emptying bed pans in a hospital menial work? What would happen if bed pans didn't get emptied? Let people stop emptying bed pans for a month and there would be bigger problems than if sociologists stopped working for a year.
-- Thomas Sowell
On the Value of Rev. T. MalthusAt that point, instead of dying of starvation, societies with high fertility grew in strength and number and began menacing those with lower fertility. In more and more places in the world, fast-breeding tribes morphed into nations and empires and swept away any remaining, slow-breeding hunters and gatherers. It mattered that your warriors were fierce and valiant in battle; it mattered more that there were lots of them.
-- Philip Longmann, Foreign Policy
On Why the State Encourages RelativismTo free oneself from moral norms is to surrender to the state. For only the state can manage the ensuing disaster.
-- Roger Scruton