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Raymond Smullyan

13 Feb

I am surrounded by the books of Raymond Smullyan and I was very sad to read of his death at age 97 in today’s New York Times. When time allows, I have been been very slowly working my way through his Set Theory and the Continuum Problem (co-authored with Melvin Fitting). For a more gentle introduction to his thought try Who Knows?: A Study of Religious Consciousness or his autobiography Some Interesting Memories: A Paradoxical Life.

Here is piece composed by Jeanell Carrigan in honor of Smullyan:

Translating the Tao Te Ching as a language learning project

17 Jul

I like to highlight adults who take on interesting learning projects. James of the blog James Leans Spanish describes his new project:

“So today I’m taking a more serious route. I’m leaving the gutter for one day and one day only and going a different direction. Now that I’ve been learning Spanish for an entire ten days I figured I’m qualified to translate the ancient spiritual work, The Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu in the 5th century BC. I feel its what he would’ve wanted.”

I think this is an interesting project that encourages both deep engagement with an important text and intensive language study. It reminds me a bit of the scriptorium technique advocated by Alexander Arguelles.

Here is a reading from a book by the great Raymond Smullyan on the essence of Taoism.


Tales from my library: Raymond Smullyan

2 May

The books of philosopher, mathematician, magician, musician, Raymond Smullyan are priceless. If you are not familiar with his work, his autobiography is good place to start.



I own many books by Smullyan. Including these:

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I have also been working through his book  Set Theory and the Continuum Problem



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