Notable birthdays today include baseball great Satchel Paige (1906) and speculative fiction author Robert Heinlein (1907). Happy World Chocolate Day!
Our quote of the day, in anticipation of Jerry Friedman’s talk tonight, is from Victorian art critic and social theorist John Ruskin. These words are from his 1860 work, Unto This Last, which was a major influence on Tolstoy and Gandhi:
“The real science of political economy, which has yet to be distinguished from the bastard science, as medicine from witchcraft, and astronomy from astrology, is that which teaches nations to desire and labor for the things that lead to life, and that which teaches them to scorn and destroy the things that lead to destruction.”