Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why can't Gene post interesting things on my schedule?

I mean seriously Gene!

I am busy with a paper today but I wanted to highlight a couple more posts from Gene on monkey brains and objective truth:

1. This one (I have issues with how he characterize my argument here, which I note in the comments. Then I have issues with how he characterized my comment, which I also note in the comments - once it's through moderation).

2. This one too (haven't read yet - hopefully will later today)

3. And this one (ditto)

Also, please take a look at the comment section of my other post - some good discussion is going on there.

This is because I'm shocked no one has made an Indiana Jones reference yet


  1. Yeah, you gotta love Gene's screen. However, if you post more than once on a particular post, sometimes he'll approve them out of order. Thus far I've only been censored once, but I knew that it would, and Gene got a good laugh from what I said.

  2. Hows does no Country for Old Men start?

    "[Nagel,] who has spent fifty years at the very top of the field . . .

    When did Congress pass a law saying that teachers of philosophy were so qualified to be philosophers such that the rest of us had to pay attention to them?

    Them that can't teach, especially on this topic it seems to me.

    Only experiment and experience can reveal real truth and then only to the extent of proving something wrong. As Feynman perhaps best argued, something can always comes along and prove what we thought to be true to be false. But, we can never prove the truth

  3. Perhaps our best contemporary philosophy:

    Ed Tom Bell:

    I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he's pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough'd never carried one; that's the younger Jim. Gaston Boykins wouldn't wear one up in Comanche County. I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never missed a chance to do so. You can't help but compare yourself against the oldtimers. Can't help but wonder how they would have operated these times. There was this boy I sent to the 'lectric chair at Huntsville Hill here a while back. My arrest and my testimony. He killt a fourteen-year-old girl. Papers said it was a crime of passion but he told me there wasn't any passion to it. Told me that he'd been planning to kill somebody for about as long as he could remember. Said that if they turned him out he'd do it again. Said he knew he was going to hell. "Be there in about fifteen minutes". I don't know what to make of that. I sure don't. The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say, "O.K., I'll be part of this world."


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