Quote of the Day

If you enjoy programming, philosophy, math, or any number of geeky topics, you're in the right place. Every day, I'll post a random quote from my extensive collection of Kindle highlights. Quotes do not necessarily reflect my views or opinions. In fact, part of my epistemic process is to consume a wide variety of contradictory material.


Turing gave an argument that was supposed to show that mental procedures cannot carry further than mechanical procedures. That argument is inconclusive, Gödel said, because it depends on the supposition that a finite mind is capable of only a finite number of distinguishable states.

— Richard Tieszen, Simply Gödel

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There are no longer natural famines in the world; there are only political famines. If people in Syria, Sudan or Somalia starve to death, it is because some politician wants them to.

— Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

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Respect of subordinates for their commander? No, Schofield says. The origin of great leadership begins with the respect of the commander for his subordinates.

— Angela Duckworth, Grit

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The main component of stasis-derived management is what I call a production mentality. It is evident in the way managers talk. Here I am not referring to people who manage the assembly line, but people who manage development efforts. They will tell you about building a development “factory ” (production word), about “measuring ” its “throughput ” (both measuring and throughput are production concepts), about “process ” (production concept), about “quality control ” (production again), about “efficiency ” and “return on investment ” and “waste management ” and “cost reduction” (all valid concepts for dealing with relative stasis). These are the signs of risk avoidance, of failing to get on with the business of the twenty-first century.

— Tom DeMarco, Slack

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