Gray matter the dubious science of online dating

Over a recent lunch at L'Escargot, London's foremost hermaphrodite eatery, I asked Gray about himself and got this reply: "My approach is: my personal life stays private.

Doubtless, I could have found out something about Gray's private life (we have mutual acquaintances), but what would this have availed me?

Were it less elegantly written and a lot more populist, a better title for it might be: "How to Contemplate the Inevitable Destruction of the Majority of Humanity with Total Equanimity".

The straw dogs' master, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, is also distinctly out of kilter with the way the media currently operates.

Certainly his own account of his "distance" from Thatcherism is more prosaic: he spent much of the 18 years of Tory rule going back and forth to the States: "The people involved in these experiments on a day-to-day basis can't see the ways in which the environment they're performing them in is changing; they're just too close to it.

That always happens, and it has an interesting anti-rationalist consequence, that the great initiators of history never know what it is that they're doing."This isn't the sort of perspective likely to gain a political thinker a position as the éminence grise of some pontiff or prince.

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