20 May 2011
1. Thomas de Quincey considered it a grave complaint against John Locke that he died a peaceful death at an advanced age.
2. The Onion has some fun with the reputation of Navy SEALs.
3. Here's some biology re: the other sort. How does one estimate their age?
4. Those wonderful Taiwanese animators are on the case of M. Strauss-Kahn.
5. $3,000 a night for the room? Who paid? Some thoughts on that subject.
6. Alas, it now appears there won't be a long protracted bidding war for control of the NYSE's parent corporation. Darn. Bidding wars are kind of fun for the spectators. (Okay, the wonky spectators.)
7. Philosophy. A kitchen table is a kind of "table." The tide table that helps you decide when you should go to the beach is also a kind of table. Does that mean kitchen tables and tide tables have something in common, the essence tableness? What about "being"? Discuss.
8. Rene Descartes' thoughts on the sort of subjects that we would
call physics, astronomy, geology....
9. And a biography of the fellow.
By the way, my bet is that the world won't end tomorrow, and nobody will be raptured.
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.