Since no one is guessing…

Virginia Woolf: "And what d'you feel about immortality, Maynard?"

John Maynard Keynes: "I am an idealist, and therefore on the whole I suppose I think that something may continue. Clearly the brain is the only exciting thing — matter does not exist."

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  1. Wow, so now it's *really* a mystery why he only cared about the short run with his economic policies, huh Gene?

    I kid, I kid.

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  2. I was thinking it was Watson posing the question to Sherlock Holmes. A similar social background at least

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  3. Idealism seems to have been quite the fashion among Brits educated during the first decades of the 20th.

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    1. Its peak was about 1900, when it dominated philosophy in the Anglo-speaking world. On this side of the pond, W. James, C.S. Peirce, and J. Royce were famous proponents of idealism.

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  4. "And what d'you feel about immortality, Ken B?"

    "I'll take two."

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