A Silly Joke

 Posted by on 30 July 2004 at 12:38 pm  Funny
Jul 302004

Since Paul and I are currently listening to Robert Mayhew’s course Ayn Rand on Humor while we run, a silly joke seems to be in order today:

There was a tradesman, a painter named Jack, who was very interested in making a dollar where he could. So he often would thin down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. As it happened, he got away with this for some time.

Eventually the local church decided to do a big restoration project. Jack put in a painting bid and, because his price was so competitive, he got the job. And so he started, erecting the trestles and putting up the planks, and buying the paint and thinning it down with turpentine.

Jack was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly done, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder. The sky opened and the rain poured down, washing the thin paint from all over the church and knocking Jack off the scaffold to land on the lawn. Jack was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he fell on his knees and cried, “Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?” And from the thunder, a mighty Voice spoke, “Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!”

God as the metaphysically insignificant… Heh.

Abbreviated Movie Reviews

 Posted by on 23 July 2004 at 3:45 pm  Funny
Jul 232004

Paul recently sent me to this huge collection of ultra-short movie reviews, all four words or less. A few struck my fancy:

  • Kramer Versus Kramer: “I bet Kramer wins.”
  • Dead Poets Society: Fate: verse, then death.
  • Braveheart: Resistance is feudal.


CyberSex Games

 Posted by on 1 May 2004 at 7:31 am  Funny
May 012004

Heh. What happens when people take their sexual metaphors literally? Much amusement. (Via GeekPress.)

A Good Philosophy Joke

 Posted by on 15 March 2004 at 8:33 am  Funny
Mar 152004

An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics.

The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute.

Weeks later when the grades were posted, the student who finished in one minute got an A.

The rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all.

This is what he wrote:

“What chair?”

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A Burning Question

 Posted by on 11 March 2004 at 2:57 pm  Funny
Mar 112004

Finally, I have the answer to the question that has long burned in our hearts: Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? The wonderfully illustrated answer is most undoubtedly yes.

The logic is quite entertaining, particularly the claim that people after the Flood interacted with dinosaurs based on unspecified “scientific evidence” and references to the “behemoth” in Job 40:15-24.

Heh. (Thanks to Eric Barnhill for the link.)

Mel Gibson

 Posted by on 9 March 2004 at 7:59 pm  Funny, Religion
Mar 092004

A great comment from Ross Levatter from Atlantis II:

I saw the Mel Gibson movie last night. I have to say that what you’ve heard it true: it is both exceedingly violent and dramatically powerful.

Then, again, what would you expect, given the story: a man of the people, a leader with a growing following, taken by the state, brutally tortured, killed in a futile effort to stem the tide of a movement that would not be denied.

And the climactic scene, at his death, when he looks away to the heavens and says that line he’s always remembered for, that line that has changed the lives of so many:


I loved Braveheart.


Three Great Religious Truths

 Posted by on 6 March 2004 at 2:35 pm  Funny, Religion
Mar 062004

Three great truths of religion:

  1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
  2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
  3. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters.


Jun 202002

A while back, I was working on my lecture on metaphysics and epistemology for the Objectivism 101 course soon to be given at the TOC Summer Seminar. Working on that lecture reminded me that my own serious interest in Objectivism was largely sparked by Ayn Rand’s short description of her theory of concepts in “The Objectivist Ethics” (of VOS). At the time, I was immersed in the confusion and muddle of a very demanding philosophy of language course. The obviousness and simplicity of Ayn Rand’s account hit me like a sack of bricks:

A “concept” is a mental integration of two or more perceptual concretes, which are isolated by a process of abstraction and united by means of a specific definition. Every word of man’s language, with the exception of proper names, denotes a concept, an abstraction that stands for an unlimited number of concretes of a specific kind. It is by organizing his perceptual material into concepts, and his concepts into wider and still wider concepts that man is able to grasp and retain, to identify and integrate an unlimited amount of knowledge, a knowledge extending beyond the immediate perceptions of any given, immediate moment. Man’s sense organs function automatically; man’s brain integrates his sense data into percepts automatically; but the process of integrating percepts into concepts–the process of abstraction and of concept -formation–is not automatic. (VOS 21)

It was clear to me at the time — and is even more clear now — that this description was merely a beginning of a theory of concepts. But what a promising beginning it was — and still is!

So I’ve long wanted to write a book entitled How I was Seduced by Epistemology. Perhaps that will be the title of my autobiography when I’m a wrinkled old philosopher. In any case, with a title like that, the book cover will have to look like this:


Why Stick People Are Extinct

 Posted by on 26 March 2002 at 9:42 am  Evolution, Funny
Mar 262002

My husband Paul (of GeekPress) sent me to this visual demonstration of why stick people are extinct. Seems to me that it’s at least on par with some sociobiological just so stories!

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