Category Archives: Questions by Paul

Is Stephen Pinker right to say that the world is becoming less violent?

Okay. I managed to get past the smugness and watch the talk that I’m assuming this is related to. (There’s also a book, but frankly, I don’t think I have time for that right now!) There’s clearly a strong argument … Continue reading

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Who are we to judge?

We aren’t. But someone has to be, to some extent, and it throws up one of the biggest philosophical dilemmas of our society. We don’t see it very clearly because it’s hard to question something so fundamental. Especially when it … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of those who write in library books?

First, I don’t think people have a purpose so I think there’s a flaw in the question. This may seem a bit harsh, but essentially, there is no inherent purpose to people. People give themselves purpose, spend years searching for … Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin or Status Quo?

By gosh I’d rather neither. Symbolically speaking anyway. The status quo is always worth rebelling against, but then, an endeavour as doomed as a lead Zeppelin isn’t exactly a viable alternative. Musically, of course, there’s no competition. I prefer songs made up … Continue reading

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What is the chemical formula for ‘love’? Misty late autumn mornings or misty early spring mornings?

(Two questions at once due to logistical problems, wish me luck). I am no chemist, and certainly no biochemist, and absolutely no amorobiochemist. But I guess you could call me an enthusiastic amateur. And I have no realistic answer to … Continue reading

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How many handbags is too many?

Any more than one at a time seems excessive. They get knotted together and swing around the body inconveniently and generally become less functional as they multiply. In broader speaking terms, it’s generally dependent on the size of your wardrobe … Continue reading

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What price dignity?

As far as I can tell, dignity is just holding your chin at the right angle no matter what. But then, I might be wrong. It might also be the case that I fail to really bother with dignity a … Continue reading

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