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Stifling your doubts…

I am currently reading Carl Sagan’s ‘The Demon-Haunted World‘, and in it was quoted the following, written by William K. Clifford (the English mathematician and philosopher; 1845-1879) in an essay of his (Clifford) titled ‘The Ethics of Belief’: “A shipowner was about to send to sea an emigrant-ship. He knew that she was old, and not overwell built at the… Read more →

Allegory of the Cave

‘The Allegory of the Cave’

In Plato’s ‘The Republic’ is written an interesting allegory, told in the style of a dialogue between Socrates (the mentor of Plato) and Glaucon (the brother of Plato); Socrates being the narrator. It is found in book VII of ‘The Republic’. It is an allegory I strongly identify with currently, and explains very well my own process the past year;… Read more →

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‘Live a Good Life’

About a week-and-a-half ago I shared the following quote on my Facebook account: “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship… Read more →

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OSNAPZ command AutoCAD

The OSNAPZ command comes in so handy at times. Sometimes when you are trying to snap from an object/point that has a Z-coordinate, the Z-coordinate can mess things up, especially when you are working in a 2D drawing and you don’t care for the Z-coordinate. For instance, you overlaid a 3D model over a plan drawing, snapping to that model… Read more →

Lawrence in Arabia

‘Lawrence in Arabia’

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson My rating: 5 of 5 stars T.E. Lawrence remains an illusive figure to most people. Most people (including myself) have first learned of him through the 1962 movie by David Lean. This book is certainly about T.E. Lawrence, but will cover far… Read more →

Common Sense

Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’

Common Sense by Thomas Paine My rating: 4 of 5 stars There isn’t a single (good) book about the American Revolution in existence, that doesn’t mention Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’ in some way or another. And rightfully so, as the effects of this pamphlet were great. Historian John Ferling, in his book ‘Almost a Miracle’ wrote the following: “His [Thomas… Read more →