Cogito ergo sum
Descartes’ dictum states that humans are conditioned to rationalize their experience … even to the point of maintaining ideas that contradict other accepted theories.
A case in point: fern seed. In earlier times, the fact that ferns did not appear to have any seeds was a puzzle for naturalists. They concluded,
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As part of an ongoing initiative to promote the joys of Yiddish into Jamaican patois, chutzpah is this blog’s second Yiddish word in a week (who can find the first?). Although there is a strong historical Jewish presence on the island, it is derived from the Sephardi branch of the Jewish diaspora, in particular those
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The photo of the Prime Minister’s doodling during a no-confidence debate last week caused quite a furore, with radio shows inviting listeners to call in and interpret the symbols. The most outraged were parliamentarians, who passed a motion restricting press access in parliament. The upshot is that journalists will no longer be allowed to sit
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Word spread fast that the tanker drivers had gone on strike and soon lines of thirsty robot taxis and Toyota behemoths were snaking around the petrol stations, or at least around those that hadn’t already run out of supplies. I joined the lines and crawled forward, chillin’ in the A/C and with some vintage “Don”
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Hard at work, racing against the clock, just past midnight, I found another funny example of the Cupertino Effect.