common sense and happiness

“Much of quantum physics is like that. We have equations that work, but the common sense of it is completely missing.” p. 213 

“One of the main things they teach you is that if you don’t like a question, or can’t answer it, simply answer some other question and the audience won’t care. Politicians do this all the time, and with them you normally do care.” p. 209

“Chinese police are cracking down on the practice of hiring strippers for funerals… seriously… Villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more honored the dead person is. And naked women bring in the crowds.” p. 187 

“The key to happiness is having control over a well-defined set of options, with a slow trickle of new options on the way, but not enough to confuse you.” p. 181

“As a human being, you are a collection of many things: skin, bones, brains, experience, and emotion. But more than all of that, you are your expectations. That’s why I choose to be an optimist.” p. 83 

“Anyway, if intelligence doesn’t help make you happy, what good is it?” p. 47

Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!; Scott Adams, 2007

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