"It is the unhappy fate of the scientist today that he must play the role of Cassandra in the body politic, sending his fellow men to bed with nightmares in the hope to be heard in time."

- Arthur von Hippel, in "The Molecular Designing of Materials" (h/t @upbeatprof)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Paranoia

Most paranoia is misplaced.

Well, all of it, really, by definition.

There's paranoia cutting every which way these days.

It's my impression that excessive demonization cuts every which way here. We are all human, fallible, vulnerable and defensive about ourselves, and suspicious of others who may not deserve it or only partially deserve it.

Not to say there aren't real bad actors out there. Obviously there are. But there are costs to false positives and false negatives alike.

mt

(No place for this on P3, but I need it on the web somewhere.)

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