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#16 On wrapping

Thank you for the kind words. I’ll now avoid trying at all to recapture that out of fear of failing.

Shall we call you a non-Platonist? Or perhaps you want to keep the Hitchenesque “anti-“. So that you are against platonism and might be seen, after death, faced with Plato himself in the caves of shadows, giving him the right old middle finger.

Non-Platonist seems more reasonable to me than full Platonist, and that’s even after Continue reading #16 On wrapping

#15 On exactitude in science

Dear Mat,

Great letter. I feel like we’re finally getting into it… whatever it is. You asked a quick question:

I’ve quoted this book [David Deutsch’s Beginning of Infinity] tons in the last letters and I worry. Is it because the book has great insights into these seemingly unconnected topics? Or am I too good at drawing connections between things that should remain separate?

That’s a tricky one. EM Forster said “only connect” because that’s what thinking is, that’s what creativity is. But then again paranoia, conspiracy theories and apocalyptic prophecy are born of too much connective thinking. That’s the old madness/creativity thing: “Great wits are sure to madness near allied / And thin partitions do their bounds divide.” I’m trying to sugarcoat it with some nice verse, but what I’m saying, Mat, is that you have full blown schizophrenia and it’s because of David Deutsch. Continue reading #15 On exactitude in science