Author: kirby

Knowledge is a Human Project

I. I like to be generally personally correct.  This tendency of mine is nothing special.  Probably most people like to be correct.  Or at least we think we like to be correct. Often, I notice my opinions changing according to circumstance—according to who I’m talking to.  And like, what’s up with that?  Obviously the state

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Pastiche of Proust

pastiche: a work of art in the style of another artist This post is the last in a series of three pastiches of French authors.  As with the other two, there is commentary at the end. The first post (Stendhal).  The second (Flaubert). There were in essence two Caltechs: The Caltech with a campus that

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United States Foreign Policy Works in Mysterious Ways

1 In a 2015 private email conversation, published on Sam Harris’s website, he (neuroscientist and popular atheist philosopher) and Noam Chomsky (linguist and prominent critic of US foreign policy) exchange thousands of words in an attempt to reach a common understanding, and get nowhere. (I don’t particularly recommend reading this conversation. Throughout, Chomsky comes across

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