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Q – Why is the text on your site so narrow? It wastes screen space.
A – The aim of web design is not to use all available screen space. It is legibility. Text is most legible with no more than 70 characters per line. (Source – Paul Graham’s FAQ)


You get social cohesion at the expense of truth. – Jeff Bezos (Source –  Taking the long view)


Failure is typically so overdetermined that people never learn all the reasons for which they failed. – Peter Thiel (Source – Reddit AMA)


Thinking about how disturbingly herdlike people become in so many different contexts—mimetic theory forces you to think about that, which is knowledge that’s generally suppressed and hidden. As an investor-entrepreneur, I’ve always tried to be contrarian, to go against the crowd, to identify opportunities in places where people are not looking. – Peter Thiel (Source – No Death, No Taxes)


If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often. It’s a mysterious condition. It’s much like the life of a Catholic nun. You’re married to a mystery. – Leonard Cohen


Indeed, much of Newton’s intellectual development can be attributed to this tension between rationalism and mysticism. At the Stourbridge Fair in 1663, at age twenty, he purchased a book on astrology, “out of a curiosity to see what there was in it.” He read it until he came to an illustration which he could not understand, because he was of ignorant of trigonometry. So he purchased a book on trigonometry but soon found himself unable to follow the geometrical arguments. So he found a copy of Euclid’s ‘Elements of Geometry’, and began to read. Two years later he invented the differential calculus. – An excerpt from ‘Cosmos’ by Carl Sagan


Wolfgang Pauli’s famous dismissal of another physicist’s work as “not even wrong” reminds us of the value of crystallizing an ambient cloud of hunches into something that can be shown to be wrong. Correcting widespread misunderstanding is usually the work of many hands, and Harris has made a significant contribution. – Dan Dennett

(Source – Reflections ‘on Free Will’)


Newton, in contrast, was walking proof that one path to immortality, assuming you have the requisite endowment of brains, is to obsess. Ninety percent of what he obsessed about — alchemy, biblical prophecy, and religious disputations were among his lifelong passions — was rubbish. The other ten percent, the stuff he did for laughs, I suppose we might say, took six thousand years of disjointed fumbling and made it into a science. Two sciences, actually, physics and to a large extent mathematics.

Source – This article


I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

Source – Thomas Jefferson


 

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