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Tertian Ague - The Royal fit by toucana on July 7th, 2012, 3:00 pm
Not long ago a chance remark overheard in a BBC Radio 4 history program sent me to the computer to check a detail on the reign of King James I of England (James VI of Scotland), the first monarch of the Stuart dynasty and the only son of Mary Queen of Scots. Try as I might, I couldn't remember his exact dates, nor the circumstances of his death either, even though I had once studied the period in detail at school.

I soon discovered that James I had died at the age of 59 in 1625. The surprise was that one contributory factor in his demise was described as 'tertian ague'. This was a wholly unfamiliar term, what on earth could it be ? An ague I knew was a type of shivering fit associated with a fever, it comes from the Latin 'acuta febris' - (acute fever). I recalled reading of Sir Walter Raleigh defiantly puffing his pipe on Tower Hill and saying "It is the hour of the day when my ague comes upon me..."

So, a fever fit that appeared with clockwork regularity...

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Aesthetic Realism I - Nick Zangwill by Anonymous on March 13th, 2011, 12:19 pm
From Levinson, J. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics.

I must grant Zangwill his claim that folk-aesthetics is 'realist', that is, discussed and thought of in such a way that aesthetic judgements have (what he calls) 'realist aspirations' more robust than those of (e.g.) gustatory judgements.

It could be commented that he expects too much of the claim that aesthetic judgements may be better or worse than one another: whilst he claims that previous anti-realistic accounts beg the question against such a possibility (p.68), one could say the same about his assertion of it. (How has it come about that "de gustibus non est disputandum" is now a common platitude as opposed to a phrase viewed with general contempt?) However, I accept that folk-theory — the focus of his essay — may warrant such a brute claim.

In §5, the notion of the quasi-realist solution to the phenomenon of normativity is perhaps give...

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hyacintho caelum fremitu angelis pro aris et focis adversus ... by Anonymous on June 26th, 2014, 9:49 pm
Quick! hit the deck... there are monsters on the silver screen... and the fireside is now a sofa... tomorrow i need to spray the fence line with herbicide... so that god can hear the blades of grass scream for a little while before that few inches along the chainlink becomes unihabitable to all of those monocotyledons which are so damn hard to trim with the weed whacker
wether you live in a war zone or under an airshow you have to have a clear line of sight or all of that exhausting false thunder just pinballs around off of either brick sidings in the suburbs or throughout the wilderness of mountainous forests... not that it really matters where you live unless there are power lines or toxic waste dumps in your back yard...
now now... not all power is so easily fingered for its red hands when it comes to absolute corruption... i mean you can wish all you want on stars that scream like the grasses and butterflies but then again who can trust a judas once you realize that flesh magic is more...

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Why Expressivists of Value should love Minimalism of Truth by Anonymous on June 13th, 2011, 11:59 am
By Michael Smith, from Analysis. 54.1 (1994): 1-12.

There is a pleasing economy to minimalism. By accordance to it we needn't claim there to be such thing as a property of truth, nor must we claim that "true" loses meaning or utility as a result. (Disquotational and endorsing uses of "true", following Rorty, demonstrate this.) Expressivism shares a similar economy. Those who wish not to affirm the existence genuine evaluative properties may hold the role of evaluative discourse to be distinct from those of other areas that happen to share their surface features.

Now, if minimalism is a fast track to cognitivism for any speech acts with the appropriate syntactic form, expressivism may be in a bad position. Due to the way evaluative sentences can be used in all the other ways in which truth-assertable ones can be, it is held that evaluative sentences are themselves truth-apt. Being a variant of non-cognitivism however, expressivism of evaluative...

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The way we think by Anonymous on December 4th, 2012, 4:40 am
In my Words Theory I postulate, that our thinking is all about diffraction of cosmic rays on the "grating" of our brains. The grating is simply our cerebral cortex, built of 6 layers, thick 3 mm, and with very sophisticated folded surface covered with grooves.


It only confirms one of the basic laws of Nature, that all our thinking comes from outside.

How does it work?

From Physics we already know, that any mass particle, could be also considered as a packet of waves. Louis de Broglie in 1929 won the Nobel Prize in Physics, for his theory confirmed in experiments that sometimes particles behave as matter and sometimes as waves.

Taking that theory under account, any particle of cosmic ray which consist of 89% hydrogen nuclei, 10% of helium nuclei and 1% are the nuclei of heavier elements - is a stream of waves. That stream of waves goes...

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