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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

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All philosophy is nonsense because its authors follow the same process as novelists or mythologists. They attempt to write an explanatory story that's consistent within a limited scenario. To put it in a way you'll appreciate, David, there's almost no one outside a political science classroom who gives a pinch of manure what Edmund Burke thought about anything; contrary to the assertions of a certain mutual acquaintance of ours.

The explanation for why coincidence can seem important has to do with the basic functioning of the human mind. We evolved to remember the "hits" and forget the "misses". It's more important to remember where the watering hole is than all the places it's not. Jung didn't bother to remember every time he mentioned an object and it didn't appear.

So what are the odds that you would find another couple with the same birthdates as yourselves?

As it happens when we moved to Spain we made friends with a couple, the husband has the same birthdate as me, with five years difference, and the wife has the same birthdate as my better half.

Dammit, Timbo, have you, or your better half got a tip for the 2.30 at Kempton Park?

My tip is try to avoid fast women and slow horses.

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