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April 19th, 2005

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08:36 am - Trap for Logicians
"As the English essayist G. K. Chesterton wrote, life is 'a trap for logicians' because it is almost reasonable but not quite; it is usually sensible but occasionally otherwise:

It looks just a little more
mathematical and regular than
it is; its exactitude is obvious,
but its inexactitude is hidden;
its wilderness lies in wait."

Roger Lowenstein, When Genius failed (69) citing Peter L. Bernstein, Against the Gods (331).

Doesn't it just feel like that? And it hurts when you recall that you were aware of your hubris the whole time.

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