It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The
precise opposite is the case. Civilisation advances by extending the number of operations we can perform without thinking about them.”
From Alfred North Whitehead’s An Introduction to Mathematics, p. 61.
Hat tip: Stephen Laniel who says, “Make it easy to do the right thing without thinking about it. That seems like a great motto.”
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