Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Coming Second

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
mere anarchy is loosed upon the world …
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity …
 — William Butler Yeats 'The Second Coming'

Comes A Time

Any hypothesis, however absurd, may be useful in science, if it enables a discoverer to conceive things in a new way; but … when it has served this purpose by luck, it is likely to become an obstacle to further advance.
 — Bertrand Russell 'The History Of Western Philosophy' (p146)

Mind How You Go Now