The Kool-Aid of competence

‘I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.’ So said Donald Trump, who never runs. Trump was speaking to United States governors about the recent Florida school shooting, and criticised the deputy who refused to enter the school. No doubt the officer was terrified—those who have entered such crime scenes certainly are. And rightly so. Rifles like the AR-15 used at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are highly destructive military-style weapons. They not only have a far greater range and penetration power than the deputy’s standard pistol, but also cause far greater wounds. In short, Deputy Scot Peterson had every reason to be afraid of the shooter, as did his colleag

The Art of Reading: "useful, erudite, and often arresting" (Kirkus Reviews)

Ahead of the US release next month, there's a review of The Art of Reading in Kirkus Reviews. Young (How to Think About Exercise, 2014, etc.) offers a useful, erudite, and often arresting survey of philosophical thought featuring both renowned figures in the discipline (Plato, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Schopenhauer) and those less well known, as well as penetrating takes on novelists Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, Henry James, and others. You can read the whole review here.

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