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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain
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Leibniz and biscuits

XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,697 ✭✭✭✭✭
Actually biscuits are better than monads:



  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,697 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I like this one:

    Dean, to the physics department. "Why do I always have to give you guys so much money, for laboratories and expensive equipment and stuff. Why couldn't you be like the math department - all they need is money for pencils, paper and waste-paper baskets. Or even better, like the philosophy department. All they need are pencils and paper."
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,697 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What is Mind? No Matter.
    What is Body? Never Mind.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,942 mod
    Xanthippe said:

    What is Mind? No Matter.

    What is Body? Never Mind.

    Who said that? I like that quote very much.

  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,697 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have found it in a section: Philosophical jokes, @mheredge. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,942 mod
    Hahaha. It's good.
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,508 mod
    What is monad? Or did I take it too literally? :lol:
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,697 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Kindgnice, this is a Leibnizian term:

    " Substance as Monad

    We are now, finally, ready to get a picture of what Leibniz thinks the universe is really like. It is a strange, and strangely compelling, place. Around the end of the Seventeenth Century, Leibniz famously began to use the word "monad" as his name for substance. "Monad" means that which is one, has no parts and is therefore indivisible. These are the fundamental existing things, according to Leibniz. His theory of monads is meant to be a superior alternative to the theory of atoms that was becoming popular in natural philosophy at the time. Leibniz has many reasons for distinguishing monads from atoms. The easiest to understand is perhaps that while atoms are meant to be the smallest unit of extension out of which all larger extended things are built, monads are non-extended (recall that space is an illusion on Leibniz's view)."
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,508 mod
    Thanks for sharing this my friend, @Xanthippe! ;)
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