Quote of the Day

Quote with a portrait photo of Steven Pinker.

“Odysseus had himself tied to the mast and rationally relinquished his option to act, his sailors plugged their ears with wax and rationally relinquished their option to know.” — Steven Pinker, “It’s Not Irrational to Party Like It’s 1999,” Nautilus (2021-11-17)

Quote of the Day

It’s what saves us, the knowledge and sense of history, what saves us from the delusions of omniscience and omnipotence, from misplaced faith in money and machines.

“It’s what saves us, the knowledge and sense of history, what saves us from the delusions of omniscience and omnipotence, from misplaced faith in money and machines.” — Lewis H. Lapham, The Art of Editing No. 4, The Paris Review (Summer 2019)