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Gosh, there was a very erudite conversation going on in the kitchen in our building just now. Although our building is History, next door is Philosophy, and some of the Philosophy post-grads use the kitchen here to eat their lunch in.

Hence, two chaps sitting there today, sharing a terribly wide-ranging conversation about different schools of philosophy. In the mere time it took me to spread cream cheese on a bagel and pop some cherry tomatoes on the top, they had ranged over Plato, Aristotle, Scepticism, Rationalism and Empiricism. Then, as if the actual philosophy itself weren't enough for them, they branched out into art history, and began discussing the various messages in Raphael's fresco, The School of Athens.

I felt I'd moved a step closer to enlightenment just by being there.

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