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Is it OK not to have an opinion?

There is a kind of agnostic who genuinely has no opinion and so doesn’t criticise those who do. But many agnostics have a very clear opinion indeed: that the balance of probability is too fine to call. This is not suspension of belief in the face of uncertainty but the certain belief that the matter is especially uncertain.

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  • TAKING FOOD WITH A PINCH OF SALT - EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL, 13 AUGUST. Talking about my book The Virtues of the Table at 3pm.  Full details and booking here. #
  • LATITUDE FESTIVAL - SOUTHWOLD, 19/20 JULY. Taking part in two events Organised by Salon a London in the Wellcome Truse Science and Secrets Hub. At 2 on Saturday Vaughan Bell, Charles Fernyhough and I asking "Who are you really?" On Sunday at 11 there's a breakfast with neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret. #
  • FOOD AND MARKETS - OXFORD, 11-13 JULY. I'm giving a talk at this year's Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, on the Saturday afternoon. Full details and booking here. #
  • HARROGATE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS - 11 JULY. SALON North Gets Up Close to Personal Taste. An evening of three speakers, each given 30 minutes to engage the audience with their subject, interspersed with intervals allowing time for a well-crafted gin and tonic. With me talking about The Virtues of the Table, plus author and musician Daniel Rachel and "bibliotherapist: Ella Berthoud. Full details and booking here. #
  • BUSINESS MATTERS - BBC WORLD SERVICE. I was on Friday's programme talking about the woman who sued the Ritz for her gambling losses with Roger Hearing. Listen here. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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