Feynman on ‘Why’Edit

Thanks for posting the link to this video. Although I'm a big fan of his, I hadn't seen that one yet. The ‘cheating’ he explains at 6:45 reminds me of Gödel's first incompleteness theorem. ◅ Sebastian 11:34, 12 January 2022 (UTC)

Regarding the "Need of closure for tasks"Edit

You wrote The OP was asking explicitly for literature about need for closure about tasks, not for "random opinions" that is exactly right. Thank you! (it was discussed in the Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Humanities starting from the 2nd of Feb 2022) --Pier4r (talk) 17:33, 5 February 2022 (UTC)

Why did you delete my answer here?Edit

Here you deleted my answer and replaced it with your own. Why? --Jayron32 13:40, 1 April 2022 (UTC)

I never saw your answer. Some glitch; whether my wetware's or someone else's software's is now lost in the dustbin of smashed bits.  --Lambiam 13:48, 1 April 2022 (UTC)
It's all good. Thanks for fixing it! --Jayron32 13:52, 1 April 2022 (UTC)

A guidance requestEdit

Greetings @ Lambiam,

Many times I had requested for info @ reference desk humanities. Other than few curiosity driven queries most are for later referencing or research. Me being busy in multiple topics there is a time lag from my side in utilizing previous discussion. Though present archiving provides search facility still it is not structured enough to go back in more than few months old discussion.

Is there any bot which can help me in providing list of archived discussions I participated or some other way around which you may be aware of?

Many thanks for all the effort you always put in while providing information.

Bookku, 'Encyclopedias = expanding information & knowledge' (talk) 06:57, 22 April 2022 (UTC)

You can search for your contributions while restricting the search to the Wikipedia namespace:
The section titles of relevant contributions can be used to search the Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives. For example, for the line " 13:40, 19 November 2020 (diff |hist) . . (+1,556‎) . . Wikipedia:Reference desk/Humanities ‎ (→‎Turkish language sources help request: new section)", the search string "Turkish language sources help request" leads to Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Humanities/2020 November 19 § Turkish language sources help request.  --Lambiam 08:25, 22 April 2022 (UTC)

Okay I got the idea you are suggesting, I will try to work out some system of my own like saving section headings by adopting suggestion given by you. Many thanks and warm regards

Bookku, 'Encyclopedias = expanding information & knowledge' (talk) 11:45, 22 April 2022 (UTC)

Tragedies and DisastersEdit

I searched Google and the ones I found were... the Great Chicago fire 1871, Hurricane Katrina 2005, San Francisco earthquake 1906, the sack of Rome, the 2011 Joplin tornado, the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens and the attack on Pearl Harbor. ( (talk) 21:06, 8 May 2022 (UTC)

People in their 50s dying of old ageEdit

People in their 50s dying of old age

William Hartnell was about 55 years old when he played the original incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who and maybe 58 in his final story. While Richard Hurndall was about 72 or 73 when he played him in the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors and David Bradley was 75 in the 12th Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) two final episodes The Doctor Falls and Twice Upon a Time. Here are images of 55 year old actors, 58, 72-73 and 75. And the cause of the First Doctor's regeneration was old age. (talk) 18:39, 25 May 2022 (UTC)

Can people die if they've become old, weak and worn out in their 50s? And did the original Doctor look about mid-50s, 60s or 70s? (talk) 19:28, 26 May 2022 (UTC)