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Just for fun or how to invite readers to immerse in your book

These problems are for fun. I never meant them to be taken too seriously. Some you will find easy enough to answer. Others are enormously difficult, and grown men and women make their livings trying to answer them. But even … Continue reading

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To be different

As they say in the United States: “to be different is to be indecent.” The mass crushes beneath it everything that is different, everything that is excellent, individual, qualified and select. Anybody who is not like everybody, who does not … Continue reading

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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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Erudition without…

Erudition without bullshit, intellect without cowardice, courage without imprudence, mathematics without nerdiness, scholarship without academia, intelligence without shrewdness, religiosity without intolerance, elegance without softness, sociality without dependence, enjoyment without addiction, and, above all, nothing without skin in the game. (A … 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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Alternative accounts

The appeal of the alternative account to current political palates is precisely why caution is warranted: a narrative’s popular appeal is a poor indicator of its truth. via | Easter Island Controversy

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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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