Modern Logic

However elegant and memorable, brevity can never, in the nature of things, do justice to all the facts of a complex situation . . . . Abbreviation (though) is a necessary evil, and the abbreviator’s business is to make the best of the job which, though intrinsically bad, is still better than nothing. He must learn to simplify, but not to the point of falsification. He must learn to concentrate upon the essentials of a situation, but without ignoring too many of reality’s qualifying side issues. In this way he may be able to tell, not . . . the whole truth . . . but considerably more than the dangerous quarter-truths and half-truths which have always been the current coin of thought.

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

 

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