Author: kirby

Why the gods created sandstorms

One day, while out for a stroll, you come across your friend the desert Tortoise praying to Set, the god of desert, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners in Egyptian mythology. You wait politely for the Tortoise to finish, and then say “Hi Tortoise, how are you?” After exchanging pleasantries, the Tortoise makes a thoughtful expression

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Posting Everyday

November is national novel writing month, and in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I’m planning on making a blog post everyday for… the first week of November?  The first two weeks of November?  All of November?  The duration of the experiment will depend preliminary results.

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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