As much as I hate to give any credit to mustachioed 1970s porn star Elon Musk (aka John Barrowman — Captain Jack Harkness), I can’t disagree with the sentiment. Reasoning from first principles is often an excellent approach to problem solving. Having a shit ton of money (like Captain Jack) is also an excellent approach to problem solving. I have been trying to solve the problem of why I do not have a shit ton of money by reasoning from first principles for many years now with little success. Although I feel I have identified the foundational problem, I do not make enough money, I have been unable to implement my proposed solution, make more money, no matter how hard I try. Oh well, we can’t all be as smart as John Barrowman.

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