Julian Baggini, who is the author of several books about philosophy – not “on”, please, “about” philosophy – but is not an actual philosopher, so I’m not so enormously jealous, asks “Have we completely lost faith in the human touch?”, which seems like a random question unless in the context of his immediately prior observation that, these days, “Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules.”
(And hey, well, isn’t it poignant that this kind of lazy, curatory blogging seems like just the most golden example of a job – I pretend that it is one of those, but only fleetingly – that could be more cheaply done by such robots as Baggini describes. Maybe. Shut up, please.)
He seems at first like he’s larking around, an unfunny parody of himself, but it’s some serious real advice and I must try it.
My favourite sentence in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:
“If he be Mr Hyde,” he had thought, “I shall be Mr Seek.”