Ockham’s Razor is the rule that we shouldn’t assume more kinds of things than we need to.  Roughly, if a simpler explanation can do the job, then simpler is better.  It’s a pretty good rule of thumb if it is used correctly, but it usually isn’t.


It’s fascinating what one can pick up purely by accident from internet search results on unrelated topics.  Recently, while looking up how certain consonants are formed in the mouth, I learned something about a genre of popular music.



For my senior seminar this week I assigned Thomas Aquinas.  One student, who apparently did not actually do the reading but read some hostile secondary sources, claimed that Aquinas -- a "raging sexist" -- questioned whether women should have been even created.  He said it is a shame we are even reading his work.


After years of focus-grouping, the self-esteem movement has settled on a new mascot.  I think they’ve nailed it.  No one, and I mean no one, has more self-esteem than this handsome guy.



Like other governments, republics don’t fray and weaken by accident.  One of the greatest hazards in politics is to act without understanding the passions and motives by which decadent political classes are driven.