Friday, September 23, 2011

On Thinking about General Actions

It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.
Source:  Alfred Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematics, 1911
Taken From:  Friedrich Hayek, The Use of Knowledge in Society

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