Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Four thoughts

'Generally the better educated are more prone to irrational political opinions and political hysteria than the worse educated far from power. Why? In the field of political opinion they are more driven by fashion, a gang mentality, and the desire to pose about moral and political questions all of which exacerbate cognitive biases, encourage groupthink, and reduce accuracy. Those on average incomes are less likely to express political views to send signals; political views are much less important for signalling to one’s immediate in-group when you are on 20k a year.' Dominic Cummings

'If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.' Lord Salisbury

'As communists realised from the beginning, to control language is to control thought—not actual thought, but the possibilities of thought.' Roger Scruton

'The man who has begun looking for God has already found him.' 
Graham Greene found comfort in these words of Pascal.


  1. There is a popular saiyng in Romania: "Cum iti asterni, asa dormi" meaning "the way you lay your bed, impact the way you sleep". It works for politics, too.

  2. And Orwell said, "There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them."