- If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed
- I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
- Stephen Jay Gould
- Question: Does this mean that I should give up on my current endevaours to help bring everyone to an equal level, which will cause a global increase in talent, or should I stay focused on what I am doing myself?
- The superior man understand what is right; the inferior man understand what will sell
- Question: I focus on doing what is right, so how can I still support myself? Maybe I will continue with what is right, maybe it will come with time.
- The less people think the more they speak
- In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. When we look at the past great debates on these subjects we feel jealous of those times, for we should have liked the excitement of such argument. The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization.
- Bobby Fischer on how opening theory destroyed chess
- After watching this video Fischer makes me want to develop my own games where low level memorization based theory cannot be created. The game would be different each time you play it - rules how you win - movements - board size/shape/dimension - pieces no pieces... everything. You're a beginner every time you play, and the only thing you get better at is being able to adapt to new situations you've never been before.