Saturday, August 29, 2015

Heroic Heroes and Hume

Probably best not to retire for the evening with the vague idea that a contemplation of Hume could be entertaining. It's not. His major and most startling contribution appears to be that if something can not be given a number then it's not really worth thinking about. Without a number it's a dust bunny, amusing for the occupation of kiddiewinks and has no place at the adult table. Hume was a wig wearing Scotsman, he died in 1776.

And this is all very well were it not for the suggestion that from just a brief glance it would seem Hume's radical idea now dominates our species. The number nuts have pushed out much that is necessary for cohesion, and have just kind of said "To hell with it." Which would be fine if it wasn't for the suspicion that number nuts believe what they're doing and that number is the key to a natural order of things. Which of course is why we need heroic heroes like Timotei Candlemass and Don Quixote.

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