Wednesday, August 20, 2003

A. Conan Doyle reportedly said: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Herbert Spencer said: "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance -- that principle is contempt prior to investigation." I've also heard it said that "logic is the art of going wrong with confidence." Then there's the now-famous "garbage in, garbage out" (I think this arose out of the usage of computers, but perhaps it predates them; the inexorable logicality of computers certainly accentuates the principle even if it didn't spawn the maxim). Putting all these together I think there's still another proverb to be derived... how about "truth spurned will have its revenge"? Email me your alternate suggestions.

Thanks to the "tax honesty movement" for the inspiration.

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