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"We drink a lot of tea in San Francisco—I guess you should expect no less for a city originally named Yerba Buena, after a local wild herb in the mint family (Satureja douglasii, shown to the right) used as an herbal tea." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"One local tradition is yum cha, 'drink tea' in Cantonese, the Chinese name for a mid-morning spent lingering over pots of tea with friends or family. Yum cha is invariably accompanied by dim sum: steamed shrimp dumplings, Malaysian-style steamed spice cakes, braised tofu skins stuffed with vegetables, pork siumai dumplings topped with fish roe. But the tea is what defines the ritual:... more... - Maitani
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"Plato famously said that there is an ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry. But with respect to one aspect of poetry, namely metaphor, many contemporary philosophers have made peace with the poets. In their view, we need metaphor. Without it, many truths would be inexpressible and unknowable. For example, we cannot describe feelings and sensations adequately without it. Take Gerard Manley Hopkins’s exceptionally powerful metaphor of despair: selfwrung, selfstrung, sheathe- and shelterless, thoughts against thoughts in groans grind." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"How else could precisely this kind of mood be expressed? Describing how things appear to our senses is also thought to require metaphor, as when we speak of the silken sound of a harp, the warm colours of a Titian, and the bold or jolly flavour of a wine. Science advances by the use of metaphors – of the mind as a computer, of electricity as a current, or of the atom as a solar system.... more... - Maitani
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Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin - http://www.eurozine.com/article...
Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin
"Treat economists like any religious minority, says Tomas Sedlacek. Grant them the right to say whatever they believe and the right to gather. But always be sceptical of the stories they tell. Just take the invisible hand of the market: it's plain wishful thinking, like a prayer." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Fascinating! - Son of Groucho
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A Calendar Page for August 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog - http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitis...
A Calendar Page for August 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for August 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"Agricultural labours continue in these two calendar pages for the month of August.  On the first folio, among a scatter border of flowers and insects, we see a roundel of two peasants, inside a barn.  They are at work threshing the wheat that was harvested in July, while, through the window behind them, we can see a few birds circling.  On the facing folio, a barefoot peasant is shaking a shallow basket, literally separating the wheat from the chaff.  Above him is a seated woman with a palm for the zodiac sign Virgo." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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А кто-нибудь читает такое свободно? :)
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достигается тренировкой нормально - dixi
@dixi это понятно, мне интересно, у кого такое в багаже и как оно туда попало :) - orie
ну вот из сказок братьев Гримм в детстве, например. - учёные коловратки
@marchdown это какой у ребёнка был родной язык? - orie
Do you ask about the script or the content or both? It is two entries of an etymological dictionary of a Germanic language (I think), written in Antiqua. Very nice. I'd like to know how old that book is. - Maitani
Aha, OTTE is Danish. - Maitani
Готический шрифт мне в багаж попал из теории групп. - Berth Adwynn
@maitani This is Danish etymology dictionary, this edition: https://archive.org/details... I was asking if there are people who can read it freely and where they have learned it. I personally have difficulties in finding the word in this dictionary because I can't distinguish "uppercase" letters (it is easier with "lowercase") - orie
@spinysun Это как? Расскажи! - orie
Более сложный пример - http://archive.org/stream.... - Весёлый звонкий мяч
у меня есть друг (не из фрф), который читает, потому что занимается австрийской литературой давно, и не раз просто приходилось. да, вырабатывается привычка, и всё. - cyberpunk soul
^^^Буквы готическим шрифтом используются для обозначения всяких штук в абстрактной алгебре. - Berth Adwynn
@spinysun наверное, только строчные? или прописные тоже? - orie
У меня есть книжка на датском, изданная в 1827ом, когда еще использовался готическое начертание букв. С трудом, но читаемо (плюс еще, конечно, многое пишется иначе, словарь отличается и т.п.) - Berth Adwynn
^^В основном как раз прописные, но в целом и те, и те. - Berth Adwynn
Maitani
BBC Nature - Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds - http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature...
BBC Nature - Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds
BBC Nature - Dinosaurs 'shrank' regularly to become birds
"Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, scientists have revealed." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Theropods shrunk 12 times from 163kg (25st 9lb) to 0.8kg (1.8lb), before becoming modern birds." - Maitani
Watching some turkeys cross the road I could really see the dinosaur in them as they moved. Amazing to think such a thing can happen. - Todd Hoff
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Wine cup of Pericles found - http://dienekes.blogspot.de/2014...
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Wine cup of Pericles found
"Experts are "99 per cent" sure that the cup was used by the Athenian statesman, as one of the other names listed, Ariphron, is that of Pericles' elder brother." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""The name Ariphron is extremely rare," Angelos Matthaiou, secretary of the Greek Epigraphic Society, told the newspaper." - Maitani
Maitani
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014 - http://www.thesmartset.com/article...
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014
The Smart Set: As the World Burned - July 25, 2014
"The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 is a document of one man’s attempt to repaint his broken landscape. It is remarkable how quickly his world was lost. In hindsight, we think of the First World War as a four-year affair. We forget, though, that Austria-Hungary lost half of its men within the first two weeks of the war — 400,000 men, including 100,000 who were taken prisoner by the Russians. At the war’s start, the grand Austro-Hungarian soldier, with his long ridiculous sword, was often killed or maimed within days of reaching the battlefield. The injured and insane were sent home to wander their cities like ghosts, to parade before the horrified eyes of their neighbors. And the war kept going on." - Maitani
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The Barefoot Bum: Does epistemology matter? - http://barefootbum.blogspot.de/2014...
The Barefoot Bum: Does epistemology matter?
"A number of articles recently assert that the epistemology of religion doesn't matter; what matters are the practices. (The latest of course, being Religion, Heuristics, and Intergenerational Risk Management, with my response.) And it is asserted that epistemology doesn't matter in a deep way: even if we know that the underlying structure of a set of practices is false, even in the "worst" sense of falsity, that doesn't matter. I find this position deeply problematic." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Eivind
"[A]s vicars and representatives on earth of their national god regarded as standing well above all other gods, they felt it their duty to impose the cult of Ashur in what was for them the whole world."
"This in general could only be achieved by force, but it did not matter since the king's enemies were ipso facto the god's enemies and therefore wicked devils who deserved to be punished whatever they had done. Thus, brigandry and occasional massacres were justified by the politico-religious ideology of the Assyrians; each of their campaigns was a measure of self-defence, an act of gangsterism but also a crusade." - Eivind
Ancient Iraq by Georges Roux - Eivind
The world hasn't changed much. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
The Assyrians are possibly the inventors of the "crusade," but the idea has certainly caught on in later history. - Eivind
I think you'd really like this book (if you haven't already read it), Maitani, even if it is a bit dated in some areas. I loved it :) - Eivind
Thank you, Eivind! I hadn't heard of it, and have put it on my soon-to-purchase-list now. :-) - Maitani
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Amphitrite’s Brood: Sea-Monsters in the Classical World | res gerendae - http://resgerendae.wordpress.com/2014...
Amphitrite’s Brood: Sea-Monsters in the Classical World | res gerendae
"[δείδω μή] …τί μοι καὶ κῆτος ἐπισσεύῃ μέγα δαίμων ἐξ ἁλός, οἷά τε πολλὰ τρέφει κλυτὸς Ἀμφιτρίτη: [I’m afraid] that some god’s going to send a great sea-monster against me; glorious Amphitrite breeds them in numbers." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Culturally as well as geographically, the sea was central to the Classical world. These days we’re encouraged to think of the Mediterranean as something that united rather than divided the region, teeming with shipping and movement. All of this is true, but sea-faring was also deeply perilous,[1] especially in the autumn and winter. Shipwrecks and deaths at sea were common. It’s no surprise, then, that ancient Mediterranean waters were believed to be home to all manner of monstrous and deadly creatures." - Maitani
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Indo-European Linguistics  »  Brill Online - http://booksandjournals.brillo...
Indo-European Linguistics  »  Brill Online
"The peer-reviewed journal Indo-European Linguistics (IEL) is devoted to the study of the ancient and medieval Indo-European languages from the perspective of modern theoretical linguistics. It provides a venue for synchronic and diachronic linguistic studies of the Indo-European languages and the Indo-European family as a whole within any theoretically informed or analytical framework. It also welcomes typological investigations, especially those which make use of cross-linguistic data, including that from non-Indo-European languages, as well as research which draws upon the findings of language acquisition, cognitive science, variationist sociolinguistics, and language contact." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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Fwd: Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic http://nblo.gs/YKDuS (via Demetrios the Traveller http://friendfeed.com/brexian...)
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BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of
"Exactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Today few people in the UK have heard of Bouvines. It has none of the ring of an Agincourt or a Crecy. Probably that is because England lost it. But the battle of 27 July, 1214, was just as significant as England's later victories over the French. Maybe more so." - Maitani
Bouvines and Muret- two 'obscure' battles with huge impace. Imperial loss at Bouvines as crucial as English; northern French victory at Muret also key in shaping France and thus Europe - Pete : Team Marina
It's right. I had never heard of it. But it sounds like it's one of those rare times when a defeat was probably the best outcome. - Mark H
I dunno. John being defeated was probably good, but the French winning- not so much ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Hah, weren't Maldon and Hastings also defeats? - Victor Ganata
Maldon led to an EPIC poem though ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Hasting to the Norman Yoke and thus, by winding roads, Lord of the Rings ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Maitani
"This is a blog about the origins of speech, but what began? How can we tell it when we see it? Parents usually say their children have started talking when they have a couple of words. Linguists tend to look for some hint of grammar. Some experts look for a favorite generative procedure. So there is room for argument even before we come up with a single fact about the beginnings." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"...But there is a long list of "design features" that characterize human language. In the 1950s and 60s the linguist Charles Hockett worked out a list of properties that, taken as a whole, were supposedly unique to language, and the list has become one of the commonsense tests of language origins. If your theory ends up with something that includes Hockett's properties, you may be onto... more... - Maitani
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The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/dccmt...
The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts
The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts - The Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts
"Cuneiform writing was invented some 5000 years ago in southern Iraq for the purpose of keeping accounts - and for the next few hundred years book-keeping remained its sole use. The last datable cuneiform tablet, also from southern Iraq, is an astronomical diary for the year 75 CE. For the three millennia spanning the rise and fall of cuneiform writing, and arguably for some time after, numeracy was an inseparable and essential part of literate culture throughout the Middle East." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"While the vast majority of cuneiform tablets contain numerical data, written by professional scribes, a smaller number are the outcome of teaching, learning, or communicating mathematical techniques or ideas as part of scribal education. This website presents transliterations and translations of around a thousand published cuneiform mathematical tablets; a similar number await decipherment and analysis in museums around the world." - Maitani
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All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds | Science Blogs | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2014...
All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds | Science Blogs | WIRED
All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds | Science Blogs | WIRED
"The new Luc Besson movie Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, opens in theatres countrywide tomorrow. It’s based on the immortal myth that we use only 10 percent of our brains. Johansson’s character is injected with drugs that allow her to access 100 percent of her brain capacity. She subsequently gains the ability to learn Chinese in an instant, beat up bad guys, and throw cars with her mind (among other new talents). Morgan Freeman plays neuroscientist Professor Norman, who’s built his career around the 10 percent claim. “It is estimated most human beings use only 10 percent of the brain’s capacity,” he says, “Imagine if we could access 100 percent.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"As it happens, I’ve written a book all about brain myths (Great Myths of the Brain; due out this November). I thought I’d use what I learned to give you a 60-second explainer on the 10 percent myth." - Maitani
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The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus. - http://hellespont.dainst.org/startpa...
The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus.
The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus.
"The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus. As a partner of the German Archaeological Institute, the CoDArchLab cooperates with the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University to combine the digital collections of classical studies of both institutions. Thus one of the most comprehensive and free online collections of Greek and Roman antiquity will be available for public and scientific use." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The basis of the Hellespont Project is the combination of text and object data using the metadata format CIDOC CRM. The CRM mapping of the Arachne database is part of other projects of the CoDArchLab carried out at the moment. The use of CIDOC CRM to map ancient text content in order to build a bridge to other types of sources is a methodological innovation." - Maitani
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The peculiar history of cows in the OED | OxfordWords blog - http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014...
The peculiar history of cows in the OED | OxfordWords blog
"The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has hundreds of words that relate to cows. For most English speakers, the idea that anyone would need so many words for one specific animal probably seems absurd. Especially cows. Perhaps it’s their mysterious ubiquity throughout children’s books and TV shows or just the dull empty look in their eyes, but it’s easy to assume, as a casual observer, that there really isn’t much going on there." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"On a linguistic front, however, you’d be quite mistaken. Here is just a small taste of the strange and fascinating world of cow terminology:" - Maitani
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Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online - The Local - http://www.thelocal.de/2014072...
Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online - The Local
"Hundreds of thousands of rare records and images from World War I have been put online by the German government, ahead of Monday's 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"More than 700,000 records relating to WWI, as well as photos, films and audio recordings were made accessible on a new portal on the Federal Archive's website." - Maitani
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Zeitschrift für Indologie und - Inhalt - Zeitschriften der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft - MENAdoc-Sammlung - http://menadoc.bibliothek.uni-halle.de/dmg...
Zeitschrift für Indologie und - Inhalt - Zeitschriften der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft - MENAdoc-Sammlung
"Zeitschrift für Indologie und Iranistik / hrsg. im Auftr. der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft. Leipzig : [Brockhaus [in Komm.], 1922 - 1936" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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How children categorize living things -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
"Name everything you can think of that is alive." How would a child respond to this question? Would his or her list be full of relatives, animals from movies and books, or perhaps neighborhood pets? Would the poppies blooming on the front steps make the list or the oak tree towering over the backyard? The children's responses in a recent study revealed clear convergences among distinct communities but also illuminated differences among them." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neurosk...
Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com
"A fascinating little paper in Brain examines Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. It’s a collaboration by British neurologist Edward H. Reynolds and Assyriologist James V. Kinnier Wilson. The sources they discuss are almost 4,000 years old, dating to the Old Babylonian Dynasty of 1894 – 1595 BC. Writing in cuneiform script impressed into clay tablets, the Babylonians left records that (unlike paper) were inherently durable, so many of them have survived. All understanding of cuneiform was lost, however, for thousands of years, only to be deciphered in the 19th century." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The texts reveal that The Babylonians were remarkable observers and documentalists of human illness and behavior. However, their knowledge of anatomy was limited and superficial. Some diseases were thought to have a physical basis, such as worms, snake bites and trauma. Much else was the result of evil forces that required driving out… many, perhaps most diseases required the attention of a priest or exorcist, known as an asipu, to drive out evil demons or spirits." - Maitani
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"Res Gerendae is proud to introduce a new and exciting project by our own resident pictor, Charles Northrop:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Charlie aims to update every Monday. Check it out:" http://metamorphoses.classified-comic.com - Maitani
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On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes - http://blog.shunya.net/shunyas...
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
"Here are two wonderful essays I found in the archives of Prospect Magazine. The first essay, from 1999, is by Ray Monk, British philosopher and biographer of Wittgenstein, who Monk calls "the greatest philosopher of [the 20th] century". In it, Monk explores why "At a time like this, when the humanities are institutionally obliged to pretend to be sciences, we need more than ever the lessons about understanding that Wittgenstein—and the arts—have to teach us." (Also check out Wittgenstein, a quirky-brilliant film by Derek Jarman.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The second essay, from 2003, is by British philosopher Simon Blackburn, and is an extraordinary exposition of the life and mind of Richard Rorty, a pragmatist philosopher who Blackburn calls "arguably the most influential philosopher of our time."" - Maitani
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"The humblest text can be a fruitful hunting ground." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This napkin is 100% recyclable (Pret’s sustainability department is militant, we’re making headway). If Pret staff get all serviette-ish and hand you huge bunches of napkins (which you don’t need or want) please give them the evil eye. Waste not want not’" - Maitani
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Republic of Zubrowka, Hungary) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_R...
The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Republic of Zubrowka, Hungary) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor
"When we arrived we had some problems with the tram that leads to the main building, but it was quickly fixed by the highly efficient lobby boy. Out of all the common areas the one you should give special attention to is the Turkish bath and the Greek spa. Food was excellent, and on our first day there were regional sweets from the Mendl's bakery in our bedroom out of courtesy -- that was really nice and they tasted delicious. Staff was particularly kind and helfpul. Next season we'll certainly go back!" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/14... - Maitani
aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww - LauraD in Something
Sean McBride
Google is by far the most powerful tool ever created for honing and refining one's writing skills.
Check definitions, spelling, grammar, usage and style; retrieve and verify facts and quotes; consult original texts; translate text. - Sean McBride
I use Google dozens of times a day to check points on writing that would have been uncheckable pre-Google. - Sean McBride
I spend little time posting here -- perhaps I think and type faster than you realize. Friendfeed provides a convenient dropbox/notebook for storing bits and pieces for future reference while doing other things. - Sean McBride
Has Google changed your writing habits at all? Writing issues that I have previously wondered about but couldn't take time to track down through print resources can now be resolved instantly. Basically, Google provides numerous capabilities for sharpening one's thinking and writing with little effort. - Sean McBride
Well, Fargo struck me as high comedy -- that is how my sense of humor tends. Your sense of humor may inhabit a higher, more esoteric plane. - Sean McBride
Now that's funny. - Sean McBride
Seriously, I use Google to check my English writing/conversation (which takes place only in written form) all the time. I am often uncertain as to which idiomatic phrase would be correct and appropriate to use in a given context. I type the phrase I want to write in quotation marks and check a few of the results the search engine provides. I can't think of a better or faster method for... more... - Maitani
Maitani -- I am a native English speaker and I still use Google to confirm my understanding of the fine shadings of English idioms, just as you do. It's also invaluable for resolving subtle capitalization issues and questions about competing spellings for compound nouns -- do I use a space, a hypen or no space or hyphen (closed/solid)? I also use Google Fight to check out which competing and legal spellings for a word are most common. Google is a revolutionary tool for writers. - Sean McBride
And of course while learning foreign languages I can acquire translations in either direction by typing directly into the Google main search box. - Sean McBride
Unfortunately, Google translate doesn't help with writing, not even in English. - Maitani
Google Translate needs work -- it is not always reliable. - Sean McBride
I just had to use Google to look up "on the fritz" -- sometimes expressions that you rarely use sound strange to your ears -- you need to verify that you are getting them right. - Sean McBride
The backgrounds and etymologies of words and expressions -- now instantly accessible. - Sean McBride
Maitani
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog - http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014...
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
"Did you know that there are collective nouns for many different groups of animals? Some you may well be familiar with (such as a litter of kittens or a pride of lions). Others are used less often, but would still be recognized by many people; in this category fall a gaggle of geese and a murder of crows. And then there are those words which you probably haven’t heard – did you know about a crash of rhinoceros, or a descent of woodpeckers?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I really like this part of English. "A superfluity of nuns" and "an unkindness of ravens" are among my favorites :) - Eivind from Android
They left off a bunch of people ones: A lot of parking attendants, a ring of jewelers, a great deal of used car salesmen (etc.). - Stephen Mack
Stephen :) - Eivind from Android
Maitani
"The philosopher John Gray, in his review of my book The Quest for a Moral Compass, claimed that I ‘airbrush, Soviet-style’ all ‘repugnant and troubling elements of rationalism’ that I ‘prefer not to know’ about ‘sleazy side of rationalism’, such as racial science or the history of slavery. It is a strange claim given that the thread that runs through virtually all my work has been the paradoxes of modernity, and the contradictions within rationalism and liberalism. Hence two books of the history of the idea of race and another on the difficulties faced by science in making sense of the human. (My response to the Gray review is here.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The difference between my view of rationalism and modernity and that of John Gray is not that one recognizes the ‘dark side of modernity’ and the other airbrushes it away. It rests, rather, on how we view the roots of the problem. For Gray, and for thinkers like him, the problem lies in human nature. Humans, he argues in his book Straw Dogs, ‘cannot be other than irrational’ but delude... more... - Maitani
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