Just Pondering

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Rocketeer, Sep 24, 2007.

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  1. read about a philosophy course where they mess with your mind.

    sample question:

    Should the tolerant tolerate intolerance?

    drive one to drink that would....still, as good an excuse to down one or two as any...
  2. If you try to fail, and do so, do you then actually succeed?
  3. What if the intolerant are showing intolerance against the tolerant?

    What then?
  4. Ohhh that's only how they START to mess with your mind :D

    And it's a good question to get you thinking about loads of different issues: e.g. if we tried to have a totally tolerant society where literally anything goes, the weak would pretty quickly be utterly shat on by the strong. So if we want to have a tolerant society, what are the necessary limits of toleration? Do we go for the libertarian "night watchman" state, where the government only exists to protect property rights and to prevent physical assault?
  5. OH ****..
    now i am thinking..
  6. you really don't want to look at quantum theory, then....:)
  7. It's tolerating the intolerable that makes the tolerant, tolerant.
  9. Might be an urban myth, but I heard of someone that read philosophy and had an exam where the paper simply stated

    'Is this a question?'

    So he wrote 'Is this an answer' and walked out... got high a mark!!
  10. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    At Trinity, in the toilets, the bog rolls are embossed with the words 'philosophy degree; please tear one off'.

    ButI think it may have been some stuck-up Kant that made that up.
  11. The version I heard of that was that the question simply said "Why"

    He wrote "Because" and walked out.

    And yes A* and all that malarkey.
  12. another urban myth about exam questions meant to ' stimulate the mind'
    Question on paper : What is Courage?

    most students scribbled reams.. one chap wrote on middle of first page: "This Is"

    and walked out with A

    still best to ponder life's inconsistencies with a full glass of single malt...
  13. If a tree fall in the woods and there's no-one to hear it, does Sting still get right up yer hooter with his holier-than-thou eco-wibble?
  14. The one I heard was "WHY"?

    He wrote "Why not"?

    Top marks.
  15. I used to be indecisive but now im not too sure