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|#2926||"Creation science" has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple|
and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and
because good teachers understand exactly why it is false. What could be
more destructive of that most fragile yet most precious commodity in our
entire intellectualy heritage -- good teaching -- than a bill forcing
honorable teachers to sully their sacred trust by granting equal treatment
to a doctrine not only known to be false, but calculated to undermine any
general understanding of science as an enterprise?
-- Stephen Jay Gould, "The Skeptical Inquirer", Vol. 12, page 186
|#2927||It is not well to be thought of as one who meekly submits to insolence and|
|#2928||"Regardless of the legal speed limit, your Buick must be operated at|
speeds faster than 85 MPH (140kph)."
-- 1987 Buick Grand National owners manual.
|#2929||"Your attitude determines your attitude."|
-- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus
|#2930||In arguing that current theories of brain function cast suspicion on ESP,|
psychokinesis, reincarnation, and so on, I am frequently challenged with
the most popular of all neuro-mythologies -- the notion that we ordinarily
use only 10 percent of our brains...
This "cerebral spare tire" concept continues to nourish the clientele of
"pop psychologists" and their many recycling self-improvement schemes. As
a metaphor for the fact that few of us fully exploit our talents, who could
deny it? As a refuge for occultists seeking a neural basis of the miraculous,
it leaves much to be desired.
-- Barry L. Beyerstein, "The Brain and Consciousness: Implications for
Psi Phenomena", The Skeptical Enquirer, Vol. XII, No. 2, pg. 171
|#2931||Thufir's a Harkonnen now.|
|#2932||"By long-standing tradition, I take this opportunity to savage other|
designers in the thin disguise of good, clean fun."
-- P. J. Plauger, from his April Fool's column in April 88's "Computer Language"
|#2933||"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight."|
-- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory
|#2934||Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.|
|#2935||Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.|
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