I was looking for the proper word for "rules of thumb" in my post that bounced off the lieutenant's post about sleeping in the nude, (which I believe is a cardinal offense on board a Royal Ship, as it might lead to a capital offense). I knew the right word was not "rule of thumb," and I thought it close to an old "saw" about it being healthy.

As always Galton came to mind, and I came up with the right world. The old "Shift". As in "Shifts and contrivances in tropical countries" from The Art of Travel, always worth reading as one of the greatest displays of ingenuity in print anywhere.

Also, a good antidote to the idiots that write about Galton and call him deficient in intelligence because he believed in individual differences. Terman measured Galton's IQ at about 200 from a retrospective analysis.


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