Begging that damned question

Something that bugs the hell out of me, literally, is the misuse of English. Of course, I was trained as a subeditor in the days when such things mattered even to journalists, so I am a fossilised dinosaur in this respect. I even try to use adverbs correctly. One thing that literally makes my head Read More…

Some of the best of the New Yorker’s cartoons

I particularly like this one: Via James Goetz See here for more.

How to review books, quickly and informatively

Yeah, I’m teaching too

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Tractatus Logico-Chocolatus

1. The world is all that is the taste. 1.1 The world is the totality of flavours, not things. 1.1.1 The world is determined by the totality of flavours, and these being all the flavours. 1.12 For the totality of flavours determines both what is the taste and also all that is not the taste. 1.13 The tastes Read More…

Chocolate history

Reader Jeb McLeish has brought to my attention an early attempt to do the metaphysics of chocolate: The Natural History of Chocolate by D. de Quelus (1730): The Spaniards, who were first acquainted with Chocolate after the Conquest of the new World, have laid it down for an undoubted Truth, that Chocolate is cold and dry, participating of the Nature Read More…

Evolution quotes: The English and theories

‘What I really like about the English is that they don’t have theories. No Englishman would ever have said, “I think, therefore I am.” Although possibly he might have said, “I think, therefore I am, I think.”‘ [Solomon, from Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, p219]