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Up is the new Down

As I have mentioned before, I'm a big fan of inversions. They seem to thrive along the fine line of things that are impossibly stupid. One of my favorite quotes related to that is by Neils Bohr:

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

I was prompted to tip the hat again because Darwin has been getting a lot of attention over the last year, and a segment on a podcast (ABC Radio National's The Science Show Daniel Dennett - why are we here?) really hit home for me. It nicely ties together a number of inversions, and all sorts of other ideas in a way that makes me so much happier to know what I don't know (and possibly not even know that). You owe it to yourself to listen to or read the entire thing, but here's a particularly nice excerpt quoting a critic of Darwin:

who, by a strange inversion of reasoning, seems to think absolute ignorance fully qualified to take the place of absolute wisdom in all the achievements of creative skill

I like it most because it folds back into itself so well. Proclaiming yourself to be on the side of "absolute wisdom" is just about the boldest setup for circular reasoning you can get. Absolute ignorance, on the other hand, has nothing but an upside. Maybe Oscar Wilde said it better:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.