Category Archives: Paradoxes

Annals of recursion

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The paradox of “assholism”

This is Professor Geoffrey Nunberg’s crude neologism, not ours. Dr Nunberg, a professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley, delves into “the moral logic of assholism” in his 2012 book Ascent of the a-word: assholism, the first sixty years. (We spent the better part of yesterday afternoon … Continue reading

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The paradox of automation

Our student Mike Hildebrandt recently brought this mesmerizing essay (with the mysterious title “The Human Factor”) to our attention. The author of the essay, William Langewiesche, describes the last moments of doomed Air France Flight 447 in riveting detail, and he also makes the … Continue reading

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