Fate, Time and Language — David Foster Wallace

In 1962, a short philosophy paper caused a little flurry in philosophical circles. Two decades later David Foster Wallace, armed with further developments in analysis, created an elaborate system of notation to solve the problem raised in the paper. This book contains Richard Taylor’s original paper, the resultant flurry, and Wallace’s solution. It also contains a fair amount of background information about the whole exchange.

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How to Think — Alan Jacobs

I almost always find it faintly depressing reading comment threads on social media. They so often consist of two sides vigorously attacking imaginary strawman arguments from the other side. Nobody wins; everybody just ends up looking shrill and petty. I … Continue reading

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How to do cryptic crosswords

“Birds that are slow to develop” What does that refer to? The obvious answer is “owls”. If that’s not obvious to you, then read on and all will be revealed. Continue reading

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Slightly surprising and oddly gratifying. Actually my family are probably not surprised. twitter.com/bnnt/status/1254976490015318017/photo/…
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“The art of debating is one that…

“The art of debating is one that rewards liars and bullies, is about beating the opponent rather than finding the truth, and is structurally biased in favour of conservative bromides rather than surprising new ideas” www.theguardian.com/p/bbc9d/stw

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists — Robert Tressell

A hundred or so years ago, the English working classes had terribly rough lives.They spent half their time working under harsh conditions and the other half desperately looking for work. They never had enough food or clothing. But despite their … Continue reading

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I am currently reading The Ragged…

I am currently reading The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – this article is relevant. theconversation.com/what-will-the-world-be-like-af… #COVID19
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