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Applying Diax’s Rake to Theories of Objective Value

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013   Submitted by Michael Hendricks

RakeDiax’s Rake is a phrase coined in Neal Stephenson’s novel, Anathem:

Diax’s Rake: A pithy phrase. Uttered by Diax on the steps of the Temple of Orithena when he was driving out the fortune-tellers with a gardener’s rake. Its general import is that one should never believe a thing because one wishes that it were true.”- (Anathem p. 895)

While this idea already exists in our world, to my knowledge there is no other succinct phrase to express it.

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