The Mystery of Things — A. C. Grayling

Grayling always has something interesting to say, and a carefully-considered and nicely-worded way of saying it. This book is divided into three parts, devoted to Art, History and Science. Each part contains a dozen or so essays on related topics. 

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“Cancel culture” is the logical…

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– Matt Taibbi

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“People don’t want to be honest; people want to be right.” twitter.com/DoubleDownNews/status/1281172383957647…

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How to decide which statues can remain and which need to go (@microphilosophy) www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/not-all-slopes-are-slip…

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