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List #7,548,922 of essential philosophical truths: (Original Post) DFW Dec 2015 OP
Politics is losing the white cat in the dark room and claiming it's black Proserpina Dec 2015 #1
Snort bigwillq Dec 2015 #2
+1 Buzz Clik Dec 2015 #3
Reality is being trapped in a dark room with a pissed off bobcat. hunter Dec 2015 #4
Been there, done that, got the scars to prove it! Thanks for the laugh! Proserpina Dec 2015 #5
Glad it arrived safely ThoughtCriminal Dec 2015 #7
. hunter Dec 2015 #13
I Like It ProfessorGAC Dec 2015 #6
THAT's not a cat. That's Pikachu in black and white. Octafish Dec 2015 #8
that *is* how the "science" route usually ends up MisterP Dec 2015 #9
Leave the flashlight off jdadd Dec 2015 #11
funny thing is, the creator doesn't seem aware of that obvious joke MisterP Dec 2015 #14
I learned that in civics at Communist Martyrs High School. Octafish Dec 2015 #17
hey, even I Bernard Cohen managed to mix up "superstitious" and "Commie" MisterP Dec 2015 #21
. GeeNeeUs Dec 2015 #10
Love it! valerief Dec 2015 #12
Errr, you sure that is #7,548,922? Tab Dec 2015 #15
That'll teach me to proofread!! DFW Dec 2015 #18
Like it, DFW! Hortensis Dec 2015 #16
Asimov was brilliant, had few peers in the candlepower department. DFW Dec 2015 #19
Yes, a good one. I went looking for quotes from Carl Sagan, Hortensis Dec 2015 #20
Excellent! Scuba Dec 2015 #23
K&R smirkymonkey Dec 2015 #22
Budhism is like being in a dark room with a black cat and asking bhikkhu Dec 2015 #24
I usually refrain from burdening the DU boards with this kind of thing DFW Dec 2015 #25

MisterP

(23,730 posts)
9. that *is* how the "science" route usually ends up
Mon Dec 21, 2015, 02:05 PM
Dec 2015

or the cat's dead because you turned the flashlight on

MisterP

(23,730 posts)
21. hey, even I Bernard Cohen managed to mix up "superstitious" and "Commie"
Mon Dec 21, 2015, 07:54 PM
Dec 2015

if he wants to conflate nagas with the Khmer Rouge he's free to do so--but the consequences may be stranger than he expects

Tab

(11,093 posts)
15. Errr, you sure that is #7,548,922?
Mon Dec 21, 2015, 02:34 PM
Dec 2015

I think you missed one and it should be 7,548,923.

We're nothing if not accurate here.

Thanks

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
16. Like it, DFW!
Mon Dec 21, 2015, 02:45 PM
Dec 2015

“To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.” ― Isaac Asimov

DFW

(54,325 posts)
19. Asimov was brilliant, had few peers in the candlepower department.
Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:28 PM
Dec 2015

This is another favorite of mine in the same vein:

"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature, unaware that this Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshiping." -Hubert Reeves

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
20. Yes, a good one. I went looking for quotes from Carl Sagan,
Mon Dec 21, 2015, 03:45 PM
Dec 2015

and found some of the wonderful ones I vaguely remembered, but I searched "science" too, and was really struck by how many of the quoted philosophers are people of science who've spent much of their lives looking to the cosmos.

Neil Degrasse Tyson totally charmed and impressed me when I heard him mention that he never steps outside without looking up at the sky. How terrific is that?

“I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

bhikkhu

(10,714 posts)
24. Budhism is like being in a dark room with a black cat and asking
Tue Dec 22, 2015, 11:36 AM
Dec 2015

what is the significance of the dark room and the black cat? Is who is looking not the real question?

DFW

(54,325 posts)
25. I usually refrain from burdening the DU boards with this kind of thing
Tue Dec 22, 2015, 12:46 PM
Dec 2015

But it seems the time of year for it.

And anyway, I just got back home to Germany from France and Belgium, and I am DONE for this year with work travel.

Free at last, free at last, you can bet your sweet ass I'm NOT free by a long shot (what were you thinking?).
BUT--I'm free for a couple of days. I'll take it.

Until I have to be in South Carolina on Saturday evening, that is!

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