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Mort thought that history was thrashing around like a steel hawser with the tension off, twanging backwards and forwards across reality in great destructive sweeps.

History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always– eventually– manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its sleeve. It’s been around a long time.

Terry Pratchett, Mort

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Not only is “Death And What Comes Next” a fine short story, it’s also a thought-provoking debate about Schrödinger’s Cat and Hugh Everett’s Many Worlds Interpretation.  And while it’s not quite a joke, it does end with a hell of a punch line.  It begins:

When Death met the philosopher, the philosopher said, rather excitedly: “At this point, you realise, I’m both dead and not dead.”

There was a sigh from Death. Oh dear, one of those, he thought. This is going to be about quantum again. He hated dealing with philosophers. They always tried to wriggle out of it.

Click here to find out if the philosopher can wriggle out of it…

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