The Duck of Minerva

I did what?

8 July 2006

I’m becoming a fan of Amazon’s “search inside” feature. Much like Google’s variant, it provides a quick way to check the accuracy of citations. But it also can turn up some rather random stuff.

Forgotten stuff.

Here’s Martin Gardner in his collection, Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?: Debunking Pseudoscience:

The Skeptical Inquirer published in its March/April 1997 issue two angry letters from readers who accused me of unfair attacks on John Dewey and Thomas Kuhn. One of them, Daniel Nexon, was so furious that he cancelled his subscription as a protest against my “crossing over the line” from what he considered “acceptable discourse.” I replied that of course my columns are polemical, and not intended to be polite technical arguments. I said that anyone interested in my views about truth and reality will find them carefully expressed in The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener where I include a discussion of the famous conflict between Dewey and Bertrand Russell over how to define truth.

I’m also named in the index. The book is copyrighted from way back in 2001, so I can only guess that someone must have realized what an important person I would one day become :-).

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