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First Principles: Know the Difference Between Opinions and Facts

“Nothing is so contagious as opinion, especially on questions which, being susceptible of very different glosses, beget in the mind a distrust of itself.” — James Madison (1790)        

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First Principles: Facts Are Stubborn Things

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770) in ‘Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Learning People Is As Important As Learning From Books

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.  – Lord Chesterfield, statesman and writer (22 … Continue reading

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First Principles: When Media Lies It Becomes Impotent

“But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1805) Increasingly, we … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Wisdom Frames Knowledge Into Being Useful

“Wisdom is the central form which gives meaning and position to all the facts which are acquired by knowledge, the digestion and assimilation of whatever in the material world the man comes in contact with.”  – Northrop Frye, in Fearful Symmetry: … Continue reading

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First Principles: Facts Are Stubborn Things

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  – John Adams (1770); from ‘Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the … Continue reading

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