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Death, sex, and Glocks

January 22, 2011

Jürgen Habermas famously described the Enlightenment as an unfinished project. Whether we manage to progress it or watch it come undone, David Hume is the one who laid its foundation. Historian Robert Zaretsky recounts Boswell’s visit with Hume as the latter was dying from cancer, drawing the obvious parallels with Hitchens.

The Galapagos National Park is providing two new sex partners to the last surviving member of a giant tortoise species, in the hopes of hybrid offspring. Whether they succeed or not, there is a sense in which the species dies with George.

It would be nice, of course, to have that kind of attention at one’s century mark. Nathalia Buchan died last month at the age of 100, having survived a Japanese concentration camp, the Chinese revolution, and many gray winters in Vancouver. Sometimes with the aid of a Tommy gun. Though I am fond of some old gun designs, engineering will advance. Business Week has an interesting article on the rise of Glock.

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