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These two paragraphs are also from The Book of Real and Imaginary Drugs.

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Yet another excerpt from The Book of Real and Imaginary Drugs. I achieved a new high in self promotion.

The Double Negator

If you are a geometer, you draw pictures. But what do you do if you are a logician? I guess you can still draw pictures, like proof trees and so on, but these wouldn’t be pictures of the objects you work on. Intuitively, this is obvious. We say “I can draw a triangle.” not “I can draw a triangle picture. ” On the other hand one cannot draw a tautology.

So we have a natural question here: In logic, what is the verb that corresponds to draw? I think it is easy to answer this question once we look at some standard terminology in mathematical logic: sentence, term, syntax, parsing, . . . As the reader has hopefully guessed, the verb I am talking about is write.

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Another excerpt from my book The Book of Real and Imaginary Drugs.

The Magic Theremin

Today’s drug is a perfect vacuum cleaner, but without its brush roll –it gave me a headache last time. And my imaginary drug is a kind of hallucinogen: a magic theremin.
For those of you who don’t know what a regular theremin is, it is a musical instrument played only with hand gestures without touching it. So, somehow, it understands what it is supposed to do.

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An excerpt from my book The Book of Real and Imaginary Drugs.

I will smell some glue while drinking a glass of absinth. It is called succession glue. But before saying anything about this drug, I need to tell you about the way we perceive the outside world. In fact, it is very simple. We do it instance by instance. And if the instances are close enough, that is, if we sample the outside world frequently enough, our mind fills the gaps between them, which makes us think that the sampling process is continuous. Movie screens use this principle. If you see twenty four pictures in one second, then you think that the pictures are actually moving.

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A short review of one of my famous books by Paul Hermite. It was published in The Unconventional Reader Magazine a few years ago.

The Book of Imaginary Drugs

You should have realized it by now, but I still feel the urge to say it. You have no cosmic significance! Therefore, there is only one sensible thing to do. Let me tell you how to do it.

These are the first sentences of  The Book of Real and Imaginary Drugs (BRID), a detailed and systematic study of  drugs and intoxication, written by one of the most original and obscure writers of our time. People who are familiar with the writings of Hede, usually know him as the writer of The Art of Intercourse With Intelligent Beings: A Case Study With Dolphins. BRID is very much in the same spirit. It is full of bold claims and irritating — or patently false– conclusions about the meaning of life. His style on the other hand, is quite different, being less sarcastic and more to the point than Intercourse.

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