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The Goddess Fortuna: Thinking about Darwinian Contingency Metaphorically

I really think that Fortuna should be the matron goddess of all who have tried to absorb the full import of evolutionary contingency. Below, for example, is a painting of Fortuna by Henri Gascar, circa 1670. In this painting, Fortuna … Continue reading

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On Entropy, the Goddess Fortuna, and the Malice of Others: My Favorite Arthur Schopenhauer Quote

Arthur Schopenhauer wrote this in his “The World as Will and Representation” (Dover Edition, vol. 1, p. 88): “For whenever a man in any way loses self-control, or is struck down by a misfortune, or grows angry, or loses heart, … Continue reading

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Swine Flu Quote of the Day

I live in the Los Angeles area, and I mentioned to a colleague today that, because I have two small children—a two year old and a five year old—the outbreak of cases of swine flu in Mexico City, Texas, and … Continue reading

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