One-Liner Wednesday — Knowledge and Wisdom


“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

American writer and professor Isaac Asimov

I was only able to catch brief glimpses of the opening day U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump, but based upon what I did see, the proof of Asimov’s quote was on full display for anyone who was tuning in to watch it.

I think the actions on the part of Mitch McConnell and every single Republican senator showed not only their unwillingness to gather knowledge, but their inability to exercise wisdom.

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

38 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Knowledge and Wisdom

    • Marleen January 22, 2020 / 11:42 am

      Yeah, but I think he’s being too friendly with Republicans. Not sure what else he can do, though. But Republicans didn’t even want to have him decide who is or isn’t a relevant witness.

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    • Fandango January 22, 2020 / 8:36 pm

      Yeah, that’s about the only thing about what Justice Roberts has said or done during the first two days of the trial.

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      • Marleen January 23, 2020 / 12:30 pm

        On the second day, he decided the senators could look at a piece of testimony, that has been classified, in a private place — on the basis that it is relevant and that it possibly should not be classified (an attempt at covering wrongdoing not being a valid reason to classify information).

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    • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 10:42 am

      Pettifogging — Moira’s vocabulary (Schitt’s Creek)

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  1. drtanya@saltedcaramel January 22, 2020 / 7:11 am

    I think this quote is very true of the ultra rapid progress of the internet and our inability to create a code of ethics for its use.

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  2. Gavi January 22, 2020 / 9:40 am

    Science is in fact spoiling the wisdom.
    Nice quote Fandango and I know Trump is you favourite 🙂

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  3. Marleen January 22, 2020 / 11:51 am

    I think McConnell, especially, and others like him, are just plain old corrupt. Science hasn’t gotten ahead of them. They don’t value our American way; either that, or they imagine they can trample all over it while it will be fine afterward. McConnell hates the United States — or has forgotten everything we have learned in the the centuries before now. (Trump hates the United States and never understood it.)

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    • Marleen January 22, 2020 / 12:14 pm

      What did we know about McConnell before he got this position? Maybe he never understood, either. Except the racist part combined with greed.

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    • Marleen January 22, 2020 / 12:15 pm

      It’s not rocket science.

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        • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 10:37 am

          You may have heard, by the way, that Elon Musk “does good at rockets” !!! {I just heard this, today, while reviewing comedians. This is the kind of quote — an actual quote — we get from Donald Trump. He said this in the same location where he bragged that he was withholding evidence (in fact one of the charges against him). Davos — world economic forum}

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          • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 11:18 am

            Incidentally, a punchline to gathering scientific knowledge and gathering wisdom is sometimes Elon himself. Add Mark (Zuckerberg) and numerous other science-tech-based people. This is why we need and used to value ethicists. But now, it’s only excessive money.

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            • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 12:09 pm

              I could’ve also mentioned a less famous but very influential (including as a contributor to Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016) Peter Thiel.

              On another but related note, I just did a search of “asimov v l ron hubbard” — found this:


              On the other side [contrasted to Campbell and Heinlein to some extent] of things, there’s Isaac Asimov.

              You asked earlier about what took me by surprise and when it comes to Asimov, it’d have to be his treatment of women. It’s a big part of this book and I’m glad it’s coming out at this moment, specifically. He harassed fans for decades. It was forgiven at the time as harmless and “Isaac being Isaac,” but it was unacceptable even by the cultural standards at the time and it went on for decades. ……


              It certainly changed how I perceived his appearance in his later years with the big sideburns and thick glasses. It seems now like he was trying to look harmless intentionally.


              Speaking to the culture of the genre, I was shocked that fan conventions and the Golden Age came about at the same time.

              One of the things I was struck by was how little fan culture has changed. With the controversies and the factionalization – it’s basically what’s going on now. … It migrated to different platforms but the underlying issues remain the same. 🤯

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            • Fandango January 24, 2020 / 11:01 pm

              I never knew that Asimov was that way with women. I’ve read a number of his sci-fi books and don’t recall any of that manifesting itself in his books.


            • Fandango January 24, 2020 / 7:33 pm

              Money trumps ethics, it seems.


  4. Tom Being Tom January 23, 2020 / 6:57 am

    Asimov was ahead of his time. Maybe we should choose leaders based on their sci-fi books and quotable quotes.

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  5. annieasksyou January 23, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    It’s a wonderful quotation, relevant in so many spheres. If we assume science is the systematic ordering of a body of knowledge, the Democrats, led by the brilliant Adam Schiff, did that superbly, wisely building, brick by brick, an edifice so strong that it can’t be chipped away. Unfortunately, the Republicans, lacking science and wisdom, will simply tromp around it.

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    • Fandango January 23, 2020 / 10:42 pm

      The Republican senators: See no truth, hear no truth, speak no truth.


    • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 2:14 pm

      Schiff has been putting forth excellent reasoning. Any one of us, if called for jury duty, would need to pay attention to cogent thinking like this. Many people would have to take off of work or other daily activities in order to do our civic part. But the senators are paid to listen; it is their job (previously honorable). But they, the Republican majority, have been found saying they are bored. (Tomorrow is going to be maddening. Someone [not a senator] said, today, it’s like [Schiff] saying “We see your hand in the cookie jar.” And the response will be [from Sekulow, and others] that there are these Keebler elves working with the Trix bunny, and how dare you…

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        • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 11:30 pm

          It really is. (I have one more post for this topic today. See below.)

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    • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 3:10 pm

      Zoe Lofgren is pretty great, too, including historical background.

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    • Marleen January 24, 2020 / 3:49 pm

      Hakeem Jeffries 👏🏻

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  6. Marleen January 24, 2020 / 11:31 pm

    Last article I got to today. I’m so frustrated. Everybody makes the choice for wisdom (or not). Right now, it’s too easy to profit from being unwise and evil.

    The number-one super-PAC for Donald Trump, which is expected to raise tens of millions of dollars to help re-elect him this year, has come up with a nifty fundraising gimmick: the “Witch Hunt Timeline”. This interactive chronology supposedly details “the road to a sham impeachment” to show how a phony Russia scandal turned into a phony Ukraine scandal that turned into a phony impeachment. But this is a highly selective timeline, and … America First Action leaves out … its own role in the Ukraine scandal.


    This alternative-reality con job is not being mounted by a group of GOP schmoes or wannabes [just incompetents]. This super-PAC is run by the the cream of Trump World. It is chaired by Linda McMahon [from ”pro” wrestling], who was Trump’s pick to run the Small Business Administration. Its senior adviser and spokesperson is Sean Spicer, Trump’s first White House press secretary. Kelly Sadler, formerly a senior Trump White House official in charge of coalitions outreach, is the communications director for the group. …

    … in Trumpistan, it is the Trump-approved place to go for donors who want to give big-bucks for Trump’s reelection. It had over $10 million cash in the bank as of last June, the latest data available. But that amount will likely swell by several times as the election approaches. As a super-PAC, it is supposed to act independently of Trump’s official reelection campaign. But its affiliated non-profit, America First Policies, which last month announced it was spending $2 million on anti-impeachment ads, was cofounded by Brad Parscale, who is now Trump’s campaign manager.

    The timeline ignores many significant moments of Trump’s Russia and Ukraine scandals. ….


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      • Marleen January 28, 2020 / 6:36 am

        Upon further reflection, I don’t know how much he knew to do himself or what else was going on sort of for him or along with him.

        Cambridge Analytica was a privately held data mining and data analysis company with financial backing from the Mercers.[5] The Mercers invested in the company after Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election.[7] On 1 May 2018, Cambridge Analytica and its parent company filed for insolvency proceedings and closed operations.[28][29] Alexander Tayler, a former director for Cambridge Analytica, was appointed director of Emerdata on 28 March 2018.[30] Rebekah Mercer, Jennifer Mercer, Alexander Nix and Johnson Chun Shun Ko [zh] who has links to Erik Prince are in leadership positions at Emerdata.[31][32]

        Cambridge Analytica targeted potential voters with bespoke messages. Cambridge Analytica’s data head, Alexander Tayler said, “When you think about the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 3m votes but won the electoral college vote, [t]hat’s down to the data and the research.”[140]

        On 18 May 2017, Time reported that the US Congress was investigating CA in connection with Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. The report alleges that CA may have coordinated the spread of Russian propaganda using its microtargetting capabilities.[144] According to the Trump campaign’s digital operations chief, CA worked “side-by-side” with representatives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc. [read google] and Twitter on Trump’s digital campaign activities.[145]

        On 4 August 2017, Michael Flynn, who is under investigation by US counterintelligence for his contacts with Russian officials, amended a public financial filing to reflect that he had served in an advisory role in an agreement with CA during the 2016 Trump campaign.[146]

        On 8 October 2017, Brad Parscale, who was the digital media director for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, stated in an interview with Lesley Stahl from CBS News on 60 Minutes that Parscale was able to utilize Facebook advertising to directly target individual voters in swing states.[147] Parscale cited the example in which he was able to target specific [… people …] who care about infrastructure and promote Trump and his message to build back up the crumbling American infrastructure.[148] Although he hired Cambridge Analytica to assist with microtargeting, and Cambridge Analytica stated that it was the key to Trump’s victory, Parscale denied that he gained assistance from the firm, stating that he thought Cambridge Analytica’s use of psychographics doesn’t work.[149] He also denied any assistance with links to Russia.[149] According to Parscale, the Clinton campaign turned down assistance from these platforms.[149]

        I recommend scouring all of these links (and further links). It’s not totally clear Parscale is the real whiz-kid. (Or that he was; he may have learned quite a bit in the process.)

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  7. Marleen January 27, 2020 / 5:48 pm

    I saw a very knowledgeable
    interviewer on Bloomberg
    news (today) reference
    early leaders of Uber
    — “brilliant jerks.”

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