you can go somewhere to receive treatment for almost any habit
you have, for example, gambling, drinking, drugs, sex, and so
Scottish philosopher David Hume said that the idea we have that
certain events "cause" others arises merely from habit. So I'm
considering opening a "Causation Rehab Center." Clients will
come in and we will ask them things like, "How many times do
you posit a cause-and-effect relationship per day?" and "How
long have you been using induction?"
will do things like roll one billiard ball toward another, but
only after crazy gluing the stationary one to the table, or
filling it with explosives, or placing one there made of glass.
We'll get 'em off the stuff soon enough.
Summer We Could Rent a Cottage in the Isle of Wight...
it's not too dear.
weekend, I took a trip to the Isle of Wight, to visit my friend,
Paul Birch, and tour
the fact that Paul is my friend, I must warn you, I fear he's
a somewhat fishy character although he claims
to be an astronomer, when I asked him to show me his telescope,
it turns out he doesn't have one! I bet he has no astrolabe
ferry out to the island, the passengers were shown a safety
film. As usual, no one paid any attention to it. It occurred
to me that such films would draw more attention if they actually
showed footage of horrendous accidents, e.g., the ferry sinking,
bleeding passengers, people screaming as they sunk into freezing
water, and so on. That would get the customers' attention, wouldn't
of Wight itself is not heavily populated, and is full of picturesque
barn on the island.
It is also
geographically quite interesting, as there are a number of different
strata running through the island. In fact, Alum Bay, where
several of them come together, was
apparently quite important in forming the thought of the
Isle-born English biologist, physicist, geologist, and architect,
Robert Hooke. (They didn’t specialize nearly as much in those
days, did they?)
of Alum Bay, showing a few of the different strata visible in
shot of the bay, showing "The Needles" just off shore.
Did I Say Wrong?
I was in
a shopping district near my home, where I thought I had seen
a shoe store. However, I could not re-locate it, so I stopped
someone to ask where it was.
me, is there a shoe store nearby?"
at me in a puzzled manner.
store," I repeated.
to buy shoes?"
What else would I want the shoe store for?
there's one down that way," he said, pointing.
to waste time in case he was wrong he didn't seem very sure
about whether there was or not I asked another passerby.
a shoe store nearby?"
taken back. "You want to buy shoes?"
sure there was something wrong with the way I was asking my
question I just don't know what. "Shoe shop"? "Footwear store"?
PS – I’ve
since learned that it was "store" that was throwing
them. Here, a "store" is a place to store things.
So, at first, it apparently sounded like I wished to warehouse
get the same look when I asked for a "bathroom" in
a pub. No doubt, the bartender was wondering why I wanted to
bathe in his pub. (Use "toilet," "gents,"
Circus on a Saturday Night
by London for a quick visit. We were passing from the Picadilly
Underground Station south toward Leicester Square, down a wide
pedestrian thoroughfare. It was packed with people. Suddenly,
we heard fireworks going off, in the middle of this throng of
humanity. People began screaming and sprinting for cover. Several
more rounds were launched some sort of bottle rockets sending
bright arcs just over hundreds of heads.
up our pace, trying to get out of the area. We had to stop at
a crosswalk, and as we stood there, from inside the McDonald's
across the street, three or four minutes after the first rocket
had gone off hey, they had to finish their Big Macs! about
seven or eight cops raced into the street. Well, not so much
raced, as kind of strolled, at a very leisurely pace. They seemed
to have no interest whatsoever in finding out who was shooting
bottle rockets in the crowd. In fact, they came to a stop about
fifteen feet from the entrance to McDonald's, and just stood
together in a clump.
my English friends explained, "Well, no one was attacking them!"
of King's College in London, where I'm studying the history
a quick trip up to Cambridge, to visit my friend, Cambridge
University economist Paul
Lewis, and then attend Tony
Lawson's Critical Realist workshop. I arrived in the evening,
so Paul gave me a whirlwind tour of the campus and then treated
me to a lovely dinner.
to King's College in Cambridge.
item on the agenda of the workshop is drinks from 7:30 until
8:00. Just before 8, when the evening's talk is to start, most
people fill their wine glass one last time before sitting down.
After the lecture, it's... off to the pub! Paul told me that
drinking accompanies all activities at Cambridge.
Nelson stands atop his pillar in Trafalgar Square.
in the square catches the morning sunlight.
at a pub last night that had two large signs up warning that
no drug use would be tolerated on the premises.
this is pretty much equivalent to putting up two signs saying,
"Looking for drugs? There'll be plenty of them around this place!"
Really, Really, Really Accomplished
George W. Bush announced today that, with the destruction of
Fallujah, the "Mercan" mission in Iraq is now "really, really,
on May 1, 2003, I announced ‘mission accomplished’ in reference
to our invasion of Iraq, I was speaking truthfully. We had accomplished
the mission of getting me a great photo op."
capture of Saddam Hussein in December, 2003, we had really
accomplished our mission, meaning, in this case, that I gained
a 5% boost in the polls with his capture."
2004, when we returned 'sovereignty' to Iraq in other words,
the new Iraqi government can do whatever it wants that we approve
of we had really, really accomplished our mission.
By saying that, I'm pointing out that my poll numbers went up
conquest of but not the complete elimination of resistance
in! of Fallujah, we have now really, really, really
accomplished our mission. And once we pound the bejeezus out
of Masul, I expect that I will be able to announce that we have
really, really, really, really accomplished our mission."
the wonderful thing about our mission in Iraq. It's the mission
that keeps on giving, so that we can accomplish it again and
today, I saw a section of books with the heading "Black Writing."
And, when I browsed through a few of them, I found that all
of the writing in them was, indeed, black.
further inspection, so was all of the writing in the books I
examined from other sections. There must have been something
particularly black about the writing in that one area,
but I can't grasp what it was.