Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language
Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language
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Revising some idioms of speech

—aphorisms are catchy, sometimes dangerous. Here the author revises a few. A lighthearted aside..

  1. He who hesitates is lost, perhaps, and on rare occasions.
    (But he who never hesitates is most certainly a fool.)
  2. Look before you jump
    (..validating the qualification of aphorism # 1)
  3. A rolling stone gathers no moss
    ...until it hits rock-bottom
  4. Prevention is better than cure
    (..unless prevention is impossible, then cure is better.)
  5. Safety in numbers
    (and danger too)
  6. There is nothing new under the sun
    (except that which is the Oldest).
  7. Yes and No are not the only possibilities.
    Nor are black and white the only shades of grey.
  8. Reduction ad absurdum:
    as a method of proof, works only in a reductionist direction.
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