Sunday, February 03, 2013

Quote of the Day: Limitations

From XKCD:
But I've never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive. 
Here's the (fascinating) context.


Eric said...

That's pretty cool. I appreciate its simple accessibility for a layman.

Removing the quote from the context of the post, it reminds me of the Hagel hearings and his mistaken stance on the counterinsurgency 'surge' in Iraq, which he based on his traumatized memories of Vietnam. He believed because he and his generation failed at something a long time ago in a land far away, that it couldn't be done anytime anywhere else, rather than allow that a different generation could engineer a solution. I also don't understand why such a narrow-minded defeatist should be in charge of the military.

Mad Minerva said...

It's been crazy busy here lately, so I haven't posted on the Hagel debacle ... but yes.

Eric said...

I based a post on this post: