- I once read somewhere that it's a sign of enlightenment to be able to hold two contradicting ideas in your head at the same time.
- Friedman may have been making either a sarcastic or an incorrect reference to an idea expressed in George Orwell's book 1984 (end of Chapter IX): 'Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.'
--Another possibility is a reference to F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
So, there's kind of an unfortunate situation here.
All of the old posts on Nat Friedman's nat.org blog have been wiped out, and all of the source links for the quotes on this page are now dead links.
Worse, the Wayback Machine reports that it has no captured archives for any of these URLs, because "Sorry. This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine."
My point here is that we should probably stop describing Friedman as an "open-source advocate." (No, kidding. My real point is that all of the quotes are now effectively unsourced, for lack of verifiable citations.) -- FeRDNYC (talk) 13:23, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
- I take that back, I was able to recover two of the three from archive.today which was not blocked (thank you, English Wikipedia article citations, for that indirect hint), and have updated the quote citations. Unfortunately, the third quote is not archived at archive.today, because they only archived the first page of each month's posts. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 13:36, 14 October 2019 (UTC)