"At the moment physics is again terribly confused. In any case, it is too difficult for me, and I wish I had been a movie comedian or something of the sort and had never heard of physics."
Wolfgang Pauli (1925?), in Kuhn, Structure, 84.
"Suppose, reasonably I think, that ceteris paribus humans prefer to “be good”. That is, we prefer to do work that is productive and engage in behavior that is ethical. Suppose, also reasonably, that a well ordered society depends upon people sometimes making choices opposed to their material interests on ethical or other grounds. Then it is obvious how inequality might be costly. Instead of talking about “incentives to” (produce, extract rents, whatever), we might describe outcome dispersion as a tax on refraining from mercenary behavior. If the difference between economic winners and losers is modest, people of ordinary virtue might refrain from participating in activities they consider corrupt, might even be willing to “blow the whistle”, because the cost of doing so is outweighed by their preference for behaving well. But as outcome dispersion grows, absenting oneself from or even opposing activities that would be personally remunerative but socially undesirable becomes too costly."
"Morin fell back on principles of judiciary astrology in order to affirm the role played by the sun in the variations of tide, and it is indeed to the indisputable credit of the astrologers that they prepared all the materials for the Newtonian theory of tides, whereas the defenders of rational scientific methods, Aristotelians, Copernicans, atomists, and Cartesians, have in emulation fought its advent."
Duhem, The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory (240)
"If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while."
"The paper argues that the Affordable Care Act will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance companies, create an unlevel playing field in the market, force employers to cut back hours and result in pay decreases. It lays it out in detail, with examples of union workers affected by Obamacare."
|me:||sometimes you can't tell if it was a saw or a fart
|C:||how positively ripping!