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I can never read enough about Chris Hitchens

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I found an excellent long interview essay in The Guardian’s Culture section under the byline of Andrew Anthony.

The better bit that I found and had to reread was this:

Hitchens once wrote a line that has almost gained the status of philosophical epigram or even scientific dictum: “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” Although it echoes Wittgenstein‘s famous injunction regarding the ineffable – “Whereof we cannot speak, therefore we must be silent” – Hitchens’s version is less a “no entry” sign than a civic reminder to place rubbish in the bin.

Hitch sure sounds OK in the interview, but who knows in that terribly risky journey through an oesophagul cancer cure!


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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/14 at 08:06

Historical post-mortems can be fascinating “what ifs”!

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt with Ruthie Bie
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From Slate:

Roosevelt’s Last Days

Did cancer kill FDR?

By Barron H. Lerner – Posted Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at 12:20 PM ET

Is it conceivable that Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s doctors knew he had widespread cancer in 1944 and still let him run for his fourth term as president? New research makes this astounding argument—and claims that the physician who supposedly told the truth about Roosevelt’s death in 1970 was in fact continuing the deception he had helped create.

What if indeed! Some humdinger of a historical What If?

Do you subcribe to history as a long playing out of cultural factors, or histoire de la longue durée? Or do you think that Great Men are what history must be about?

Certainly this “historical what if” does seem to underline the importance of Great Men in the development of a country’s history!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/29 at 08:27