Posts from ‘July, 2007’

A History of Greatness

Literate people need something to read, and it pays, so we get a series of books like Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel to try to summarize history into a simple thesis. This enables us to look at it, find a nifty mental container for the horror and struggle, and then go back to some…

Unreal

With apologies to William S. Burroughs and Jonathan Swift An idiot twitches on the sidewalk: he could not predict that antifreeze is not the soothing lime soda that it resembles, but he saw the TV ad. Limited intelligences narrow the world through simplified interpretations that often result in such “unpredictable” conclusions. On a hypothetical island,…

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