“If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t care what the answers are.”

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According to Thomas Pynchon

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.

This is often paraphrased as

If they can get you to ask the wrong questions, they don’t care what the answers are.

What questions are you asking? Consider the best mission statement ever

To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.

A key question I’ve been asking myself is here

Is there really no alternate economic system that would incorporate markets, competition, free trade and all the other things economists love, but which does not depend on growth? Or at least not on the growth of material consumption?

See also “Tune into the genius channel 24/7“.

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