Some time ago my (i)ncomparable niece sent me a remark made by the late Carl Sagan. She claimed I had used it in my blog. Sorry, but I searched my blog using the search widget and that remark did not appear here before today. However, prompted by a great conversation I had yesterday with my wonderful friend and neighbor, Jack, I thought I would repeat Sagan’s remark:


“You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe.”


Human beings have the amazing capacity to think outside the context of their lives, but many/most do not use that capacity. The universe, the real world, the human world are all very complex and, I admit, it is tempting to subscribe to some ideology that seems to simplify the complex. The path of least resistance is not always the best course of action, though.

My first blog was called An Unreasonable Man. That title had nothing to do with Ralph Nader, about whom a documentary was made with that title. Instead, it was inspired by a remark by George Bernard Shaw, which, in turn, inspired the title of the film about Nader:


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”


I am not an attorney, but to me if an assertion has no empirical evidence upon which to make that assertion, then I do not believe it. People can say anything, but without proof those words are mere hearsay. To me, mere belief is not proof.


From the famous Coys auctioneers in the UK, a picture of a car that is still available on Bring A Trailer. BaT has become aggressive at breaking links to pictures on its website, which is why I am using a picture from somewhere else. This is a Ferrari 456M GTA.



Via email I sent the link to the BaT listing to my wonderful wife with the subject of “How About This As A Grocery Car?” In the body of the email I wrote, “Just kidding, well maybe half-kidding…”

She and I are both quite smitten with the looks of this car. Unfortunately, even at the current bid of “just” $41,000 with one day to go, the 456 GTA is simply way too expensive to be a grocery car.

The 456 and 456M were produced by Ferrari from 1992 to 2003 as a replacement for the 412. I think the 456 is one of the forgotten Ferraris. The M spec was introduced in 1998 (M stands for Modificata, Italian for changed). Both the “unchanged” 456 and 456M were powered by a 5.5 liter/333 cubic-inch (have to keep Bill Stephens happy) V-12 that produced 436 HP/406 LB-FT of torque.

About 3,300 456/456M units were sold. About half of the 456M were sold with an automatic transmission (456M GTA), but only about 20% of the 456 were so equipped.

The car has four seats and the trunk has about 11 cubic feet of volume…I have dreams, but I live in the real world. Sometimes that is unfortunate, but I cannot believe it to be different without proof.








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