Aphorisms

December 16, 2008

“Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses,” is a sentence that is surprisingly long-lived, considering that it is obviously false.

In my last post, which was very poorly written, I should have worked in the phrase, “If you are pulling numbers out of a hat, you can’t get better numbers by improving the quality of the hat.”

Tyler says “All people are equally good at time management, but some people are more willing than others to admit that they are doing what they want to do, while others maintain the illusion they wish they were doing something else.”

How did Bernie Madoff get away with it?

Hmm, well my guess would be because it’s become difficult to tell the difference between Ponzi schemes and government programs these days.”

semm at Megan McArdle’s blog

“As a reasonable approximation, approaching women with confidence==one-boxing on Newcomb’s problem.”

-Brian in the comments at overcomingbias.

“In a healthy economy, as well as under depression conditions, the Keynesian multiplier equals the square root of minus one.”

cognate at the free exchange blog

 

The Lesson: Say something in a clever way, and people will remember it, without regard to whether it is true or false.

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