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Itinerant market research consultant (retired). BSc Psychology (Economics ancillary) University College London 1965. London, UK.

Favourite quotes –

First, one from David Hume that I think I don’t like, because it is convoluted and appears simply to ‘approve’ of a totally inevitable inevitable truth, a fact of the universe, especially if we call curiosity a passion – so why bother?

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them

To my mind it is better stated without approval or disapproval as something inevitable, which may end up for good or bad, depending…

The intellect is the slave of the emotions

One (attributed to) Albert Einstein circa 1920:

This world is a strange madhouse. Currently, every coachman and every waiter is debating whether relativity theory is correct. Belief in this matter depends on political affiliation.

… So, just like anthropogenic climate change, then, eh?

One (definitely) from Kurt Vonnegut:

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

One from Carl Sagan:

The Universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space

One from Upton Sinclair:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

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