Some thoughts on the logical relationship between truth and doubt, with some particular considerations being given to the phenomenon of Bitcoin.
On the two entirely opposite meanings of the word "invaluable" with regard to Bitcoin.
Just to "close" the intellectual (as well as financial) position we opened on March 24, 2020, for the record, we herewith state that we consider the stock market rally that commenced on this day to have logically run its course. We have now begun taking positions in selected financial instruments betting that the stock market will fall from here, and very significantly so.
On the abdication of the US Supreme Court as an intellectually serious institution.
Logic is all about relating individual pieces of information in a consistent way. "Consistent" means non-contradictory. An apparent tendency of two pieces of information to appear inconsistent calls for express differentiating clarification, with the logically required depth of differentiating discussion depending on the extent to which both pieces of information appear similar.
"I went through a year-long organising programme ... . We spent the year reading, anything from Marx, to Lenin, to Mao ... ". All the while Karl Marx appears himself to have been anything but fond of black people.
While we are currently working on other urgent matters and have hardly any time to follow up on the the throat disinfection complex, let us - very briefly - make the following additional comments with regard to the study underway in Kentucky. If nothing else, they may serve as a mental check to the study investigators (who we will make aware of them, of course).
A clinical trial is now actively testing preventive throat disinfection / antisepsis to counter COVID-19 in hospital personnel. And a study confirming efficacy of one of the substances we mentioned as being effective against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro was published yesterday.
A group of researchers from the UK (Cardiff and Cambridge), the US (Denver, Colorado), Spain (Barcelona), and Canada (Ottawa) has now picked up the idea we have put forward almost exactly two months ago for preventive throat disinfection with virucidal agents that are known to be effective against coronaviruses and safe to use in the throat. The WHO should now even more seriously consider including it in its recommendations.
COVID-19, many believe, has thrown the world into unprecedented disaster, and to those believing so, the future looks bleak at best. But what if the opposite will prove to be true? Speculation is a noble occupation, futures studies an academic discipline, so we hazard a brief preview of the enormous economic and societal gains for which the COVID-19 crisis may have just sown the seeds.