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  1. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    Beating the Bounds
    Having found the new optimism more mundane than the image it projected of itself, I returned towards the jet d’eau to set off round the perimeter of its “parish” in the hope of finding whatever might remain of the earlier optimisms it had displaced. My perambulation uncovered no less than thirteen ghosts, relics and living examples.

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    Suicide Bomber in Miller’s Wynd
    This place is now deleted. It persists only in memory. to be continued… This post is Part Four of a Series.  |<<   <   > 

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  3. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    The Evolution of Optimism
    On finally facing the Enquiry Centre, I saw that it consisted of three parts, representing successive stages in its evolution. The oldest section exhibited the brutalist style typical of many British university buildings of the 1960s and early ’70s. McKean and Walker describe it as “a muscular medieval fortress”, and its concrete buttresses and small windows…

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  4. Peter added a post in a topic Benefits of Relativity   

    Whether they are or whether they're not, I doubt it was because of any application of relativistic thinking (in the sense I take to be yours). But then, I'd also doubt it had anything to do with anyone's reading of Shakespeare either. What of it?
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  5. Peter added an answer to a question Socratic Method   

    Try this:
    https://streetepistemology.com/
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  6. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    Libertarian Communism
    I posted a rather lengthy comment to a post at the Aguanomics blog. It discusses “the power structures that affect our lives” in terms of centralized vs. decentralized (what I might prefer to call dispersed) and coercive vs. free, each portrayed as a dichotomy. I don’t know if my comment is under review or if…

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  7. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    A Journey to the Centre of Enquiry
    “ It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible ” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Continuing my archaeology of the present, I headed out of Geddes Quadrangle toward Small’s Wynd where, closely encroached by other structures stood…

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  8. Peter added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

    Not sure why you posted that as an attachment rather than straight to the forum, but I'd comment that your final sentence there itself probably encapsulates the real threat to democracy.
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  9. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    The Race for Better Science
    Tt is no doubt a good thing that we hear of scientific fraud, academic plagiarism and medical malpractice in the name of research, but we would do well to remember that these are just sophisticated names for age-old theft and assault. Can we really hope for better science if we can't hope for better people?

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  10. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    Jet d’Eau
    Falling unannounced into the city and armed only with a map from a hundred years ago, I set off, hoping to find in the city’s physical form clues to the origins of my own preferences and limitations. At the head of the rose angle, on stone plinths still bearing the stumps of railings long since…

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  11. Peter added a post in a topic Richard Dawkins, asshole   

    It's Dawkins' accent that annoys me.
    I'm right with him in his insistence that genes rather than species or groups are the focus of natural selection. I agree that god is a delusion (where would we be without all our little delusions to keep us from going mad? I have many of my own, no doubt, but belief in god just happens not to be one of them). But really... how can you take seriously a man who speaks in such plummy oxonian tones?
    In the same vein, he was stupid enough to let some hack interview him and lure him into admitting he's a "cultural anglican" who "loves" choral evensong and church bells. Fair enough. But it's no more profound than knowing that Myrtle Gummidge from down the street likes the Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing. Why should anyone care?
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  12. Peter added a post in a topic Sunrise at Plum Beach Brooklyn   

    The second to last one gets my vote. It makes the most of the geometric relation of the bridge, the sandbar and the sun. I think sunrise/sunset pics that don't get over the "gorgeous" colors are just boring.
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  13. Peter added a post in a topic History   


    One reason someone might want to learn history would be a dissatisfaction with the present state of human affairs. If the past is different from the present, then the future can be too. Similarly, if you're dissatisfied with nature, you might want to study science. While you may not be able to defy nature, science can at least tell you what limits are really set by nature and what are only contingent on your present circumstances - nuclear reactors don't defy the laws of nature, but they were still inconceivable 100 years ago. It could be said that dissatisfaction is the engine of history and of science since someone completely satisfied with their lot would feel little inclination to change things or to torment themselves with endless wondering about how or why things came to be so or what might be instead.

    One question that arises from the above (assuming we still have an appetite for tormenting ourselves with such questions), is whether there can be a state of human affairs where no dissatisfactions of this kind arise: a condition in which science has reached perfection and history comes to an end. If we feel uneasy with that idea (perhaps only because what is equilibrium to one person is not necessarily equilibrium to another), then perhaps we should ask what value does the study of history bring beyond that of entertaining us with stories?
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  14. Peter added a post in a topic History   

    "Upgrades your Bullshit Detector to version 2.0 when people start talking about controversial politics" 'kin A!
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  15. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    Ender
    Increasingly, our culture will have to be built around maintaining elderly people whose prospects of returning to independent good health or of ever being economically productive is essentially nil. What then will be the core value of our culture?

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