[lit-ideas] Re: What is information?
- From: joerg benesch <jgruel@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 00:26:00 +0200
Mike Geary schrieb:
Irony? I just saw the old Cary Grant movie "Charade", which is about the
importance of being at least a bit similiar to what you are supposed to
be. At a remarkable turnpoint there's this dialogue:
- You could at least tell me what your first name is these days.
Joerg asks, "what is essentialism ? "
It's a philosophical malady, a doozy apparently.......
I took Joerg's post not as a question but as an ironic comment on
Donal's accusation that Junger's question concerning 'information'
smacked of essentialism -- namely that every "what is this?" question
implies essentialism. A point that inspires my Sunday Poem.
- Okay, Alexander. You're done.
- You're a new man.
- I'm sorry the old one couldn't tell you the truth, but I had to find
out your part in all this.
- Is there a Mrs. Dyle?
- Yes, but we're divorced.
- I thought that was Peter Joshua.
- I'm just as difficult to live with as he was.
- Alex, how can you tell if anyone's lying or not?
- You can't.
- There must be some way.
- There's an old riddle about two tribes of Indians.
- The Whitefeet always tell the truth and the Blackfeet always lie.
- One day you meet an Indian, you say, "Hey, Indian, what are you, a
truthful Whitefoot or a lying Blackfoot?" He says, "I'm a truthful
Whitefoot." But which is he?
- Why couldn't you just look at his feet?
- Because he's wearing moccasins.
- Well, then, he's a truthful Whitefoot, of course.
- Why not a lying Blackfoot?
- Which one are you?
- A truthful Whitefoot.
- Come in. Sit down.
- Why? Do you wanna look at my feet?
est enim verum index sui et falsi..
We live in fierce times, but as long as there are poems about
heaecceity, there's hope.
good night from Suebia,
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