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Old 02-13-2018, 12:46 AM   #3796
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‘A steam engine toy,’ Mori said. ‘It’s an old design. The Ancient Greeks had them.’
‘The Ancient Greeks? If they had steam engines, why didn’t they have trains?’
Mori twitched his shoulder. ‘They were philosophers; they put two and two together and got a goldfish.
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Although one could still do proper science with a magnet and some iron filings, it felt professional to have made something that looked like a mutated windmill. Science had to have some mystery, otherwise everyone would find out how simple it was.
-- Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (2015)

(Need I mention that I am enjoying this book? )
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Old 02-15-2018, 01:21 AM   #3797
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:16 AM   #3798
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:33 AM   #3799
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"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."
--Mark Twain
Given the sentiment of the quotation, I feel justified in posting a link to the QI website about this quotation.

In brief, it's not Mark Twain, but some random person on Usenet in 2000.

The origin of the phrase in that post is unknown, but Thomas Jefferson actually wrote something along the same lines in an 1807 letter:


"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day

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I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false."
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:45 AM   #3800
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Thanks for that. I should have remembered what Abraham Lincoln once said, "don't believe everything you read on the internet."
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'A philosopher might, perhaps, have been surprized to hear two persons seriously defining the limits of virtue, at the very moment in which they mediated the most atrocious crime; a man of the world would have considered it to be mere hypocrisy; a supposition which might have disclosed his general knowledge of manners, but would certainly have betrayed his ignorance of the human heart.'

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