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“When a fact is plausible, we still need to test it. When a story is plausible, we often assume it’s true.”
Maria Konnikova, Muscovite Magna cum Laude Harvardian

“The progress of science, with its dazzling success at explaining and manipulating the world, shows that knowledge of the universe is possible, albeit always probabilistic and subject to revision.”
Steven Pinker, Canadian Visual Cognition and Psycholinguistics Expert

“Nothing is 100% 'unique.' Language purists be damned: uniqueness is a matter of degree.”
Philip E Tetlock, Pennsylvanian Professor of Forecasting

“Trial and error is a tremendously powerful process for solving problems in a complex world, while expert leadership is not.”
Tim Harford, Financial Times Undercover Economist

“The real test of 'knowledge' is not whether it is true, but whether it empowers us. Scientists usually assume that no theory is 100 per cent correct. Consequently, truth is a poor test for knowledge. The real test is utility. A theory that enables us to do new things constitutes knowledge.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli Oxonian Historian

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
John Maynard Keynes, Cantabrian Macroeconomist

“We tend to give too much credit to whichever clever person is standing nearby at the right moment.”
Matt Ridley, House of Lords Wall Street Journalist

“Intelligence selectively destroys information to create knowledge”
Ray Kurzweil, Singularity Espousing Google Executive

“Our comforting conviction that the world makes sense rests on a secure foundation: our almost unlimited ability to ignore our ignorance.”
Daniel Kahneman, Judgment and Decision-Making Nobel Laureate

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