Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
A kenyan by the name of Kimani Nganga Maruge has become the oldest person in the world ever to have started primary school at the age of 84. The Kenyan government has just introduced free schooling so now he gets to learn. He wasn't allowed to go to school when he was younger because he took part in the Mau Mau rebellion against British rule. Apparently he wants to learn to add up so that he can count the money he will get in compensation for his role in the rebellion, and wants to learn to read the bible himself because he doesn't trust the version he hears in church.
On another note, Muhammed Ali onces said that 'Impossible isn't a fact, it's an opinion'. According to modal realism, he is dead wrong. the truth conditions for impossibility are defined by the non-existence of possible worlds in which the given state of affairs holds. On this view though, there is little that in reality is impossible, as there are an infinite number of possible worlds.
Saturday, May 22, 2004
Thursday, April 15, 2004
There was a story on the BBC today about a 68 year-old Indian guy who has been trying to pass the school exam for the last 35 years. Every year he fails, so then he tries a different subject the next year and fails that, and he's been doing this since 1969. He has vowed that he won't get married until he passes this exam, so everyone in his village wants him to pass this year so that he can stop having to walk the 3 kilometres to the nearest school, settle down and get married.
This is what he said:
"Education is everything in life....Education rules the world: education is supreme even among your own brothers, your own society, your government, and abroad."