René Descartes (left) and a saluki

Don’t get me started on René Descartes, the seventeenth-century midget philosopher and vivisectionist.  Descartes had very little common sense; he died one Swedish winter, after going outside in his pyjamas at four a.m. to meet Queen Christina.   The drawing shows that, though he was good at algebra, he could easily have been mistaken for a smallish saluki.

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