Richard Farr

Richard Farr Kerry L. Fitz-Gerald

I grew up in England, in a very old cottage surrounded by sheep.
I learned an amazing amount in school, but forgot 90% of it immediately and another 9% just before the test the following Monday. (I’m a big fan of   B. F. Skinner’s remark that “education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.”)
I should probably tell you that I loved reading when I was a child. Actually, I didn’t: I was a teenager before reading really hooked me. Instead, I spent most of my childhood idly staring into space—which, by a remarkable piece of luck, was the best possible preparation for becoming a writer.
My writing was delayed, though, just like my reading. All that staring into space caused a twenty-year detour through philosophy.
“What’s philosophy?” Here, free of charge, is my comprehensive introduction to the subject in exactly 100 words: Can I know anything for certain? (How?) Are some lies Okay? (Why?) Is the pain in my toe really a pain in my brain? What’s happiness? Is there a god? (Or are there seventeen—and, if so, are some fatter than others?) Is one molecule of water wet? If color is just light bouncing off stuff, what does the stuff itself look like? Can robots think? (How do I know Aunt Edith isn’t a robot?) If everything has a cause, and all causes have causes, is my free will an illusion? (How do I know Aunt Edith isn’t an illusion?)
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  • Richard Farr Kerry L. Fitz-Gerald


Emperors of the Ice

Richard Farr

Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard has always dreamt of becoming an explorer. So in the spring of 1910, when Captain Robert Falcon Scott offers young “Cherry” the position...