THE MORE REFINED THE ERROR, THE MORE OBSCURED THE TRUTH

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing:
I do not know whether it be a duty to sacrifice happiness and life to truth.

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CARS AND THE TROLLEY PROBLEM

I suppose that most people are familiar with the trolley problem, an imagined scenario challenging someone with the choice between doing nothing and watching 5 people die and acting to save those five people, knowing that doing that will kill one person.

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Fyodor Dostoevsky:
Let us not forget that the reasons for human actions are usually incalculably more complex and diverse than we tend to explain them later, and are seldom clearly manifest.

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READING LIST REVISITED

Retirement opened up for me a wide swath of time to do what I want to do, and one of the big things I want to do is read.

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A PERSPECTIVE ON THE MOMENT

It’s all over the news this week that the Colorado judges who released their ruling that Trump should not be on the ballot for this election are receiving death threats.

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DEPRESSING UTOPIAS

Georges Perec:
All utopias are depressing because they leave no room for chance, for difference, for the “miscellaneous”.

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