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Tarbet blogviating on timeless books

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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As a proud Senior and a student aide, I argue to Freshmen (who are not listening, but deeply pondering their nipples) that there is definite value in reading about ancient lives because there is no such thing as time. Human nature (they start to lose attention) has always been and will always be the same thing. You can count on that. Every great book (their attention is now gone) has the basic elements of everything that makes up our current lives. Snatch some ancient Egyptians from 2500 years ago and sprinkle them onto the Moon with iPhones, and you tell me if their twitters aren’t all about who’s sleeping with whom, and who has the biggest cock. (Now their attention’s back.) Sex, death, war – these are things that eternally recur.

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