If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. ~Mario Andretti
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Founders
Oh may I jump in with a bit of quote contention? I believe it was Parnelli Jones (of late 60's Trans Am Boss 302 mustang fame) that said, "If you are in control, you're not going fast enough." He was racing Indy 500 in the early 60's as well.
The quote may actually be a bit misunderstood. Much like the F18 fighter plane is designed to be inherently unstable (a human can not fly it - requiring sophisticated attitude control to keep the plane in the air), its "instability" makes it inherently maneuverable. Hmmm ... much like with the uncertainty of new ideas ...
Back to the car quote, many years ago I had the rare opportunity to sit in the passenger's seat for a few laps in the car with veteran German road racer, Hans Stuck. The car was never stable - always nimble. The ride was an intimidating at first, until I realized that Hans' driving style allowed him to place the car almost anywhere on the track.
So maybe there's a place between under control and out of control - shall we call it, a zen like predictive uncertainty? :-) ... carry forth Mr. Rifkin!
I love the phrase predictive uncertainty. Thanks for the clarification of this quote, too, Filippo -- fascinating!
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
- Mario Andretti