“Reasoning will never make a Man correct an ill Opinion, which by Reasoning he never acquired.” Jonathan Swift (1667 to 1745), from the 1721 “A Letter to a Young Gentleman Lately Enter’d Into Holy Orders by a Person of Quality” In other words, if someone has an unreasonable opinion about something based on nonsense, it… Read More


Parachutes & Open Minds…

“Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.” Sir James Dewar (1842 to 1923) Dewar was a British chemist and physicist whose study of low-temperature phenomena entailed the use of a double-walled vacuum flask of his own design which has been named for him. With Sir Frederick Augustus Abel he developed cordite,… Read More

Thinking Soldiers…

“If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks.” Frederick the Great (1712 to 1786) Frederick II, aka Frederick the Great, was the third King of Prussia (1740-86). Considered one of the great military captains, he was a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and… Read More

Everything Can Be Corrected, But Stupid!

“Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” Aristophanes (444-385 BC), son of Philippus, of the deme Kydathenaion, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Other versions include: “Stupid is forever, ignorance can be fixed.” “Ignorance can be educated and crazy can be medicated but there’s no… Read More