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I can't tell you how much I appreciate the gift subscription and the recs, tips, republishes and plugs for "Finally A Wise Society.'  Feels great, and I hope to earn it and pay it forward.

But credit where credit is due:

All I did was tie in the basic premises of the Nicholas Nassim Taleb's Black Swan and mix in some words about the value of doubt with reference to the Framers of the Constitution, which was inspired by a gag piece by someone else whom I can't remember (though, as I said, I believe it was PJ O'Rourke in the book Parliament of Whores) with a view about the value of doubt.  

I encountered the ideas of Karl Popper (whom I have never read directly) through Taleb. I encountered Godel through the work of Douglas Hofstadter (none of whose books I have finished), but never read Godel directly.

The Godel to chaos connection I came up with myself years ago as a joke and saw it validated in Taleb.  I later added in what I understand about Pinker's view in How the Mind Works, which I haven'f finished either.

Attempts at humor are basically mine.

Now, don't get me wrong, I actually spend time thinking about this stuff, I'm just not an expert at philosophy. I see what I think are good ideas and babble about them in what I hope is a coherent manner.

So, with that in mind, please let me express my sincere gratitude to a community I truly respect, enjoy and hope to remain part of.

Best wishes,



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