"These two persons are equally taken into custody: but what must be done to half this good company, who every hour of their life are knowingly and wittingly both fools and madmen, and yet have capacities both of forming principles, and drawing conclusions, with the full use of reason?" (fin)

"A madman fancies himself a prince; but upon his mistake, he acts suitably to that character; and though he is out in supposing he has principalities, while he drinks gruel, and lies in straw, yet you shall see him keep the port of a distressed monarch in all his words and actions."

"Thus the fool who cut off the fellow's head that lay asleep, and hid it, and then waited to see what he would say when he awakened and missed his headpiece, was in the right in the first thought, that a man would be surprised to find such an alteration in things since he fell asleep; but he was a little mistaken to imagine he could awake at all after his head was off."

"Mr. Locke has somewhere made a distinction between a madman and a fool: a fool is he that from right principles makes a wrong conclusion; but a madman is one who draws a just inference from false principles". - Richard Steele, the Tatler (a reference to Locke's *Essay*, 1, 11, 13.)

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Interested in learning programming with Go?

I'm doing a quick crash course with some live coding over on Twitch in about 20 minutes!

Join me:



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thought experiment: a cat is in a box containing decaying nuclear material and poison gas. the box is on some trolley tracks. as the trolley approaches the box, it has all its parts systematically replaced so that no original part remains by the time it strikes the box. inside the trolley is a man receiving instructions on levers to pull in Chinese. do you take the money?

Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) Show more

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Wishlist for elementary OS Show more

Happy for friends, phd acceptances Show more

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*screaming at the top of my lungs* jobs do not have inherent worth! if there are more people that don't have jobs than there are jobs to be done, the solution isn't to arbitrarily create more work, it's to restructure things so that a person doesn't need a job for their continued existence!

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Just when I thought I was done with abstracts for conferences this year (sent out 6, 3 acceptances so far), two more relevant CfPs appear!

Last year I didn't have this many opportunities, so it feels like a waste not to try now. On the other hand, I have to do other things!

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One day workshop on Wittgenstein. Basically a mini vacation. :BlobCatCoffee:

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Hello, I'm currently pursuing my master's degree on computer engineering, working on machine translation alongside information retrieval.
I'm also an avid linux user, supporting and using open source software daily.
I'm at the beginning of this track and have lots to learn, hope to be a part of this community soon, thanks!

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