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Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a … Continue reading

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In philosophical debates about absolute truth, people cite “the truths of pure mathematics” as beyond reproach—eternal and universal things discovered/invented by us fallible mortals. But the more deeply I look into these issues myself, the more I see evidence that … Continue reading

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ConfidenceĀ is necessary for great civilisations to flourish. Do you hear those last echoes of Empire? This was filmed in 1969 but Kenneth Clark had grown up in another age—a time when Great Britain’s cultural superiority went unquestioned in many huts … Continue reading

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What is mathematics? It’s neither physical nor mental, it’s social. It’s part of culture, it’s part of history. It’s like law, like religion, like money, like all those other things which are very real, but only as part of collective … Continue reading

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At the local viewing of the transit of Venus, I asked an astronomer named Lisa how people noticed a planet going in front of the Sun in the first place. (Surely they weren’t just staring at the sun all day?) … Continue reading

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You may have heard that attitude is everything. Perhaps. How you view the world will definitely affect what you do. But that’s just it: it is what you do that is important, not how you feel or how you present … Continue reading

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