Came here from a place I never expected to link here.
Loving it so far, both the insight and the good-natured humor. The comparison of Eliezer Yudkowsky to Brian of Nazareth is apt.
Gödel's meta-incompleteness theorem: Every person who doesn't completely understand Gödel's incompleteness theorems holds misconceptions about them that are false, but their falsehood cannot be proven to that person.
Random on-topic quotes
All scientific advancement due to intelligence overcoming, compensating, for limitations. Can't carry a load, invent wheel. Can't catch food, so invent spear. Limitations. No limitations, no advancement. No advancement, culture stagnates. Works other way too. Advancement before culture is ready, disastrous. —Dr. Mordin Solus, Mass Effect 2
Given the extraordinary ability of the human mind to make sense out of things, it is natural occasionally to make sense out of things that have no sense at all. —Richard Furnald Smith
Hollywood makes what sells. If it was misguided about what might sell; say, aiming too low; it would quickly be gazumped. It rarely is. This tells us something about the audience, not the industry. —"Ben_Jones"
That simple image thing is right at the root of homophobia, too. The fundamental image of life, of family, of childhood, of survival, is man and woman. Every story, every myth, every image reinforces that. Even the images of the real world reinforce that, because statistically heterosexuality is the norm. It’s the default. It’s the icon. Man/man or woman/woman disrupts a fundamental childhood image. Homophobia does seem to come from some gut instinct that’s beyond the religious or the physical act or whatever. It’s primal, and I think that’s from the pictures. It’s from what we see and what we’re shown. That’s why, in this gay lark, I stress visibility. Change the law, have education classes, do whatever you want, just be seen. —Russell T. Davies
The response to, “How do you keep ‘em down on the farm after they’ve seen Paris?” is not “Erect a giant, impassable wall between the farm and Paris,” it’s, “Make the farm more attractive.” —"Sleutel"
Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong. —H. L. Mencken