"When a donor says, ‘I have $1000 that I’d like to use to help someone,’ it may not sound like they’re asking for much. But on reflection, I think they’re really saying, ‘I’m looking for someone who needs help that they can’t get from a company, their government, their community, or any other donor big or small - and I expect to provide this help just by sending a $1000 check, despite having very little experience or knowledge of the situation.’"
“The last 40 years of cognitive science have taught us a great deal about how our brains produce errors in thinking and decision making, and about how we can overcome those errors. These methods can help us form more accurate beliefs and make better decisions.”
"You may not be the person that your parents take you to be. And—this thought is both more exciting and more dangerous—you may not be the person that you take yourself to be, either. You may not have read yourself aright, and college is the place where you can find out whether you have or not. The reason to read Blake and Dickinson and Freud and Dickens is… to see if they may know you better than you know yourself."
“Good work is not done by ‘humble’ men. It is one of the first duties of a professor, for example, in any subject, to exaggerate a little both the importance of hi subject and his own importance in it. A man who is always asking, ‘Is what I do worthwhile?’ and ‘Am I the right person to do it?’ will always be ineffective himself and a discouragement to others. He must shut his eyes a little and think a little more of his subject than they deserve. This is not too difficult: it is harder not to make his subject and himself ridiculous by shutting his eyes too tightly.”—
A Mathematician’s Apology—G.H. Hardy (via ladysmith)
From an alternate perspective—call it Owning Our Swag. Those involved in this club are open-minded enough to consider these opposing perspectives, and humble enough to consider we’ve gotten it wrong. #TripleReverseHumbleSwag