Nonsensical Intuition: Occam's Nemesis

“It’s an old science-class story,” said Olhado. “People who wanted to invent sewing machines kept failing because they always tried to imitate the motions of hand-sewing, pushing the needle through the fabric and drawing the thread along behind through the eye at the back end of the needle. It seemed obvious. Until somebody first thought of putting the eye in the nose of the needle and using two threads instead of just one. A completely unnatural, indirect approach that when it comes right down to it, I still don’t understand.”

Gods as Good Parents

Somebody who wants to teach you how to know everything that they know and do everything that they do—what he was really describing was parents, not gods.

So what Wiggin was describing wasn’t parents, really. He was describing good parents. He wasn’t telling her what the gods were, he was telling her what goodness was. To want other people to grow. To want other people to have all the good things that you have. And to spare them the bad things if you can. That was goodness.


When you have wisdom that another person knows that he needs, you give it freely. But when the other person doesn’t yet know that he needs your wisdom, you keep it to yourself. Food only looks good to a hungry man.


Happiness can depend as easily on useless things as on useful ones.

Card, Orson Scott (2010-04-01). Xenocide: Volume Three of the Ender Quintet (p. 363). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.

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