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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Judgement Goes with Instinct

"True eloquence has no time for eloquence, true morality has no time for morality. In other words, the morality of judgement has no time for the random morality of mind.

"For judgement is what goes with instinct, just as knowledge goes with mind. Intuition falls to the lot of judgmement, mathematics to that of mind." -- Pascal, Pensées

UPDATE: I think Pascal is basically correct, but I would put this a little differently: I would say that instinct is a form of thought, and what he calls "mind" I would term "abstract thought."

2 comments:

  1. Someone posted, "Please explain." I meant to hit "publish," but my fat thumb hit "reject."

    What do you want me to explain, sir?

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  2. To those who think this is goofy, I urge you to at least keep it in the back of your mind so it will be there waiting for you, when you need it.

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