Wikipedia on A.J. Ayer and Mike Tyson

He taught or lectured several times in the United States, including serving as a visiting professor at Bard College in the fall of 1987. At a party that same year held by fashion designer Fernando Sanchez, Ayer, then 77, confronted Mike Tyson harassing the (then little-known) model Naomi Campbell. When Ayer demanded that Tyson stop, the boxer said: "Do you know who the fuck I am? I'm the heavyweight champion of the world," to which Ayer replied: "And I am the former Wykeham Professor of Logic. We are both pre-eminent in our field. I suggest that we talk about this like rational men." Ayer and Tyson then began to talk, while Naomi Campbell slipped out.

The link is here and the pointer is from Daniel Klein.

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and here is Nate Silver in response to the Klein article you linked to...http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/are-you-smarter-than-george-mason.html

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The logic of Mike Tyson has an elegant directness: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face."

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All Wiki-truths are revisable.

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"I'm pretty sure that Tyson knew who Ayer was, but, having read Austin, was not much impressed."

I think I can quote the relevant passage from memory:

"Here we have the common man under the implausible aspect of Ayer himself dribbling brisking in front of his own goal preparing to encompass his destruction." Or sumthin like that, someplace in Sense and Sensibilia.

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that's been on Wikipedia for years, so many people have come to believe it. But as I recall it's never been sourced.

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actually, correction it was in this biography by Ben Rogers

http://www.amazon.co.uk/J-Ayer-Life-Ben-Rogers/dp/0099536811

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It's too bad really, Naomi Campbell might have decked Mike Tyson.

http://gawker.com/375860/5-rampages-of-naomi-campbell

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Hitler & Stalin?

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that's been on Wikipedia for years, so many people have come to believe it. But as I recall it's never been sourced.

The Source is Ben Roger's 'A.J. Ayer: A Life', which is linked at Wikipedia. The book attributes the story to Ayer's stepdaughter, Gully Wells.

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The Source is Ben Roger's 'A.J. Ayer: A Life', which is linked at Wikipedia. The book attributes the story to Ayer's stepdaughter, Gully Wells.

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