“The single essential survival skill for anybody interested in creating art is to learn to defend their inner life from the world.”

“American books published in 2005-2008 were 28 times more likely to include swearwords than books published in the early 1950s.”

Massimo Pigluicci on Beard v Taleb and ethnic diversity in Roman Britain: “The mistake of scientism is to elevate scientific knowledge and data crunching to a level of certainty and competence they most definitely do not have, while at the same time dismissing every other approach as obsolete nonsense. But human knowledge and understanding are not zero sum games. On the contrary, they work best when we expand, rather than artificially or ideologically limit, our methods and sources of evidence.”

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