Quote of the Day: Objectivity

Richard Goode's picture
Submitted by Richard Goode on Mon, 2008-03-10 11:51

The gut notion of objectivity is captured in an anecdote from the life of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln and a political colleague were discussing how to get a policy across and the colleague suggested labelling the policy in a certain way; they happened to be near a donkey and their dialogue went like this:

    'Sir, how many legs does this donkey have?'
    'Four, Mr. Lincoln.'
    'And how many tails has it?'
    'Why, just one, Mr. Lincoln.'
    'Tell me, sir, what if we were to call the tail a leg; how many legs would the donkey then have?'
    'Five, Mr. Lincoln.'
    'No, sir; for you cannot make a tail into a leg by calling it one.'

Saying doesn't make it so.

Lloyd Reinhardt, Warranted Doability


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What more are they after?

Richard Goode's picture

Calling a civil union a gay marriage doesn't make it a marriage.

Suck it and see

Richard Goode's picture

Calling a civil union a gay marriage doesn't make it a marriage.

Rand Would Be Proud

James S. Valliant's picture

How positively Rand-like of you, Richard!

Axiomatic

gregster's picture

"Identity"

Many participants will know you have certain difficulties with this.

Very good Mr G.

Mark Hubbard's picture

Very good Mr G. Smiling

Although I'm a bit concerned, for I don't disagree with the message either.

When is the little philosophical landmine you've obviously laid going to take my feet out from under me then? What have I missed?

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