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    I finally got around to reading a short essay about language and the unconscious by Cormac McCarthy - The Kekule Problem, Where did Language Come From? - that I bookmarked ages ago. I didn't realise Mccarthy dabbled in sciences.
    I find some of these types of essays can be a bit unsettling - really fucking smart peope with the ability to have perspectives that are quite challenging.
    The whole website has some interesting essays .

    The Kekule Problem - Nautilus

    Just as we dont know how it is that we manage to talk. If I am talking to you then I can hardly be crafting at the same time the sentences that are to follow what I am now saying. I am totally occupied in talking to you. Nor can some part of my mind be assembling these sentences and then saying them to me so that I can repeat them. Aside from the fact that I am busy this would be to evoke an endless regress. The truth is that there is a process here to which we have no access. It is a mystery opaque to total blackness.

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    Just finished reading, 'The City of Ember' to my grade 6 class. It is a post apocalyptic novel by Jeanne Duprau, published in 2003.
    Also started showing the movie today to the class....I was really surprised to see Bill Murray in it as the big fat mayor. lol..

    Also found the second book in the series called, 'The People of Sparks'... will start reading that one in a few weeks to the class. I may read it this weekend in advance as I am dying to see what happens after they escape Ember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukan Kizmiaz View Post
    I find some of these types of essays can be a bit unsettling
    You might like Fluke by Brian Klaas

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    Children of the Night: The Strange and Epic Story of Modern Romania.

    Amazon.com

    What a fascinating read so far. I didn't quite realise the extent of the atrocities committed in Romania during the Holocaust.

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    Tai Pan by James Clavell

    A fictional account of the American and British opium traders who founded Hong Kong island after the first opium war in China. Reasonably entertaining.

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    This arrived today and I'm really looking forward to starting it tonight.

    The wolf has been unfairly persecuted for centuries and driven to extinction in many countries.



    I periodically buy a book to make me feel better and to feel less hypocritical when I tell the daughter to get off her screens and read something.

    In reality this book will probably be added to the ever-growing tower of books on my bedside table and remain unread while I watch crap on Youtube.


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    Driven to extinction or bred and domesticated?

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    ^ I would say ruthlessly hunted and wiped out, in the UK at least.

    I think the last wolf was killed in the UK in the 1700s. There were already plenty of domesticated dogs around by then.

    I think I'm right in saying that there has never been a case of a wolf attacking a human in the UK (unless wounded by hunting first). I think they are absolutely fascinating animals.

    One on my bucket list is to see wolves in the wild... I nearly crossed it off in Norway once many years ago, but they turned out to be reindeer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Any relation to the legendary Gerry Gow?

    Were you into dingos?

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    I have started re-reading some books from many years ago when i first got into it











































































































































    What book are you reading right now?-p-j-jpg

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    I have a small pile of books on my bedside shelf, but I prefer using my kindle to read. I read almost every day. The poor old books almost never.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Any relation to the legendary Gerry Gow?

    Were you into dingos?
    Much to my shame I had to look up 'Gerry Gow'... he was a bit before my time.

    I noticed that after playing for most of his career at Bristol City, once he was no longer good enough at the twilight of his career he went to Man City.

    The 'dingos' comment alludes me...


    And after yesterday's anticipation... I didn't start my book but instead watched some crap on Youtube in bed.

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    I meant merely that you have an obvious interest in canines.

    So the pack dynamics of dingoes might have interested you in Perth.

    Well, maybe not in the CBD.

    And yes, City's best players left for better salary packages at Albion at one time.

    Gary Owen & Peter Barnes.

    And we've always been stingey
    'That's the nature of progress, isn' t it. It always goes on longer than it's needed'. - JCC

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    A Most Wanted Man

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