Fruitful or not fruitful

One of my banner coffee shop retorts is, “People talk the most about what they know the least about.” This has always made sense to me, as if mere gabbing is placing markers onto what we’re hoping to learn.

Essayist Paul Graham digs deeper:

“I finally realized today why politics and religion yield such uniquely useless discussions.

“What’s different about religion is that people don’t feel they need to have any particular expertise to have opinions about it.

“Then it struck me: this is the problem with politics too.”