Deep thought

“For an idea, age is beauty . . .  Aside from the decorum of ancient thought as opposed to the coarseness of fresh ink, I have spent some time phrasing the idea in the mathematics of evolutionary arguments and conditional probability.  For an idea to have survived so long across so many cycles is indicative of its relative fitness.  Noise, at least some noise, was filtered out.  Mathematically, progress means that some new information is better than past information, not that the average of new information will supplant past information, which means that it is optimal for someone, when in doubt, to systematically reject the new information, idea, or method.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Fooled by Randomness

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