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June 23, 2010

Just Give Us the Olds Please

"Be careful. People like to be told what they already know.

Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things -- well, new things aren't what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don't want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds. Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true." -- Terry Pratchett through the character Lord Vetinari from his novel, "The Truth: a novel of Discworld" -- Confirmation Bias « You Are Not So Smart

Posted by Vanderleun at June 23, 2010 11:38 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Hell, man. I learned that after my first day at the bookstore. Ain't no customer so lacking in curiosity as a dedicated, proud bookstore customer.

Posted by: Cameron at June 24, 2010 6:00 AM

Full disclosure: 'Course, I'm no less guilty here as anyone else I personally know, so it's not like I have room to gloat.

Posted by: Cameron at June 24, 2010 6:08 AM

This article just confirms what I've known all along!

Posted by: Aquila at June 24, 2010 8:29 AM

Wise guy.

Posted by: vanderleun at June 24, 2010 8:32 AM

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