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Three years after 9/11 came the Madrid train bombings and in 2005, there were the London bombings. All of these can arguably be described as the first wave of bloodshed in the West in the name of Islam.

The second wave was the slew of attacks from 2015 to 2017. Take a look at the Wikipedia table above. It’s pretty comprehensive.

Now, France (and Germany) have the third wave. So far, it has run as follows (the earliest incident is at the top):

** the beheading of civics teacher Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near Paris.

** the murder of a gay man in Dresden by a failed asylum seeker and ISIS…


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In the way of television quizzes, here’s your starter for ten: What unites India, Hungary, Turkey and the United States?

They’re governed by nationalist parties, all of which are increasingly promoting a faux democracy.

The BJP, Fidesz, AKP and the Republican Party are a common thread that runs through the body politic of all four countries. A new study by the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden said as much on October 26. …


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The other day I heard a philosopher do to cats what Thomas Nagel famously did to bats.

In 1974, Professor Nagel published a paper that continues to be taught to undergraduates studying philosophy. ‘What Is It Like to Be a Bat?’ posed key questions about consciousness and facts that are “beyond the reach of human concepts”.

One of the more remarkable truths with which we were confronted as the result of Professor Nagel’s analysis was the limits of human knowledge.

A human being might be able to imagine what it is like to be a bat by taking “the bat’s point of view” but it would still be impossible “to know what it is like for a bat to be a bat”. …

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