“Other things being equal, finish the job that isnearest done.”
A famous physicist offered thisadvice: “Don’t waste time on obscure fine pointsthat rarely occur.”
But these are the easiest avenues to impress and annoy your more intellectual friends!
Decision theorist I. J. Good writes, “Theolder we become, the more important it is to usewhat we know rather than learn more.”
Exploration vs exploitation. If all you do is self-improve, and then die, what for?
Galen offered this: “If a lot of smart people have thoughtabout a problem [e.g., God’s existence, life on otherplanets] and disagree, then it can’t be decided.”
Or smart people only selectively seek unbiased truth. Conformity, tribalism, and politics don’t merely influence, but contain our thinking.