Why Not Let The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Collapse?
Daniel Snowman | On History | 12th May 2022 | U
The Leaning Tower Of Pisa sank lopsidedly soon after construction began in the late 12th century. Despite its builders' best efforts it was still leaning when work ended 200 years later. On the verge of collapse, it was stabilised for the nth time 20 years ago. So why not just straighten it? Perhaps because it is "a kind of freak show" among buildings. Its deformity excites our baser instincts (2,200 words)
38 Ways To Win An Argument
Arthur Schopenhauer | M'n Ei | 1896 | U
World's gloomiest philosopher explains how to pwn trolls and win Twitter. Prepare to feel a sense of horrified recognition that Schopenhauer could list all relevant tropes in his Art Of Controversy a century before social media was even imagined. "Ignore your opponent's proposition, which was intended to refer to a particular thing. Understand it in some quite different sense and then refute it" (1,695 words)
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