Saturday, February 14, 2009


Found a fun book recently: Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . Understanding Philosophy through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein. Here's one on "essentialism" in the chapter on "metaphysics". (And, "essentialism" deals with characteristics of a person or thing, which are the "essence" and which are accidental.)

When Thompson hit seventy, he decided to change his lifestyle completely so that he could live longer. He went on a strict diet, he jogged, he swam, and he took sunbaths. In just three months' time, Thompson lost thirty pounds, reduced his waist by six inches, and expanded his chest by five inches. Svelte and tan, he decided to top it all off with a sporty new haircut. Afterward, while stepping out of the barbershop, he was hit by a bus.
As he lay dying, he cried out, "God, how could you do this to me?"
And a voice from the heavens responded, "To tell you the truth, Thompson, I didn't recognize you."

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