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Marben 3.0 and the Sausage League

I had the pleasure last weekend of getting a good part of the way into Pete Brown’s latest book, Shakespeare’s Pub. As part of his survey of the history of the George Inn, Brown introduces the philosophical problem that is known to students of the classics as Theseus’s paradox and to fans of BBC television as the Problem of Trigger’s Broom. Simply put, the question in both cases is: if all constituent parts of a thing (be it a wooden ship or a street sweeper’s tool) are replaced is it still the same thing? (more…)