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October 2, 2014

In epistemology classes of years past, I had always doubted the likelihood of Gettier cases, those increasingly implausible situations in which justified true belief falls away to reveal all the ways in which justification, truth and belief might be peeled apart to reveal non-knowledge at the heart of the absurd. All stories of clocks, misleading spirits and untrue barns, they were later relegated to some corner of the mind to be forgotten, that was, until my finding a job in an office building from the seventies where time had stopped at much the same moment as its renovation. For there, in a mint conference room with a clock, I reassured myself of the time, 10:42, before settling into work, and found myself hours later left behind by the world marching in lockstep with true knowledge and I the false.

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