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Introducing….The Symposium!

We here at NPI are proud to introduce a new feature to the blog. It’s called the “Symposium.” Basically, it will be a series of posts in which some of us debate a given topic and go back and forth on it. You see, brilliance is often amplified when great minds come together and disagree. As John Stuart Mill once said, “He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.” Also, discord is fun. A lot of these debates will probably involve one of us defending an absurd premise, but we will always have a point. Because you never really know you’re right unless you’re confident someone else is wrong.

Our first symposium, coming shortly, will feature Josh and John debating the concept of anchoring. Brace yourselves…

“In the beginning…”

We should clarify one thing from the beginning: In some ways, our name is meant to be taken literally. This is to say, No Pun Intended is not a blog about puns; if so, puns would be intended, and our header would be a lie.

We are not liars.

In other ways, our name is meant to be taken figuratively. In other words, No Pun Intended is not a blog about not intending puns; if so, we imagine our audience would be, oh, shall we say, somewhat miniscule.

With that out of the way, you may be wondering what, if not puns, is the raison d’etre of NPI. Quite simply, it is intelligent and humorous discourse—something we find (and we hope you do, too) somewhat lacking in the current cultural climate. What exactly we discourse upon is a more complex issue. Culture, after all, tends to resist simplistic definitions.

There will be sports because one of us believes they are the single greatest manifestation of culture. There will be music, literature, and politics because the others of us believe that these things are pretty important, too. There will not be musings about our personal lives or rambling stories about our pets or children. In fact, we don’t have pets or children.

The goal, then, is to be topical, relevant, entertaining, and, logically following from these three, interesting.

Who are we? Well, that’s a question that doesn’t seem to satisfy our criteria.