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On PhD

And then there’s a joke in which a young man told his mother he would become a Doctor of Philosophy and she said, “Wonderful! But what kind of disease is philosophy? – The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker

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Normal

“What should I do now?” “I’m the prisoner,” the biologist said to him from her cot, facing the wall. “Why should I tell you anything?” “Because I’m trying to help you.” “Are you? Or are you just trying to help … Continue reading

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On Virtue

Virtue is entirely without character. There are not two races of men on the surface of the earth who are virtuous in the same way. Therefore virtue is not real and has no intrinsic good. It does not deserve our … Continue reading

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Whipped cream and poached eggs

STORE ROOM NO. 71 WHIPS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES “Whips!” cried Veruca Salt. “What on earth do you use whips for?’ “For whipping cream, of course,” said Mr. Wonka. “How can you whip cream without whips? Whipped cream isn’t … Continue reading

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Review of Annihilation: the novel and the movie

 .               Somewhere on my feeds, I came to know about a movie named Annihilation starring Natalie Portman. The review was good, and it mentioned that the movie was based on a book of the same name … Continue reading

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Science and questions

Science, they are told and shown, is about answering questions, not asking them. Source

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Known knowns, Unknown unknowns

Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know … Continue reading

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In defense of digital freedom

We need to defend democratic principles not only against outside attacks, but also against erosion from within. The strength of an open society is tested especially when it comes under (perceived) threat. via In defense of digital freedom.

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The Worst Get to the Top

Yes, you read that correctly: democratic government invariably leads to the rule by “demagogues” who manipulate the most immoral segments of society. The core of this immoral coalition consists of “the lowest common denominator” – the “‘mass[es]’ in the derogatory … Continue reading

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Something to Hide

You probably do have something to hide, you just don’t know it yet. via Wired

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