Friday, July 20, 2007

Holmes and Watson are on a camping trip. In the middle of the night Holmes wakes up and gives Dr. Watson a nudge. "Watson" he says, "look up in the sky and tell me what you see."

"I see millions of stars, Holmes," says Watson.

"And what do you conclude from that, Watson?"

Watson thinks for a moment. "Well," he says, "astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meterologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I see that God is all-powerful, and we are small and insignficant. Uh, what does it tell you, Holmes?"

"Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!"

A funny one from Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein. I picked this one up in the library the other day and couldn't put it down. It's a light-hearted romp across the waterfront of classic to New Age-and-beyond philsophical thought. All-around irreverent, but funny in parts and a surprisingly good surface-level primer that may encourage retention of basic terms & concepts.

(Photo by deadeyebart a.k.a. brett's; see for restrictions)

On my iPod... Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam (I know, I know... a classic example of what some of us old folks still groove to on occasion...)

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