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Monday, August 5, 2013

Rounder Than The O, parts 1916 - 1919



1916. In short, you could say that every action the man took, from frying some eggs to washing up after breakfast contradicted his esteemed philosophy, which neither he nor any one else ever has believed or even taken seriously, except for the suicides, and they fortunately are never around after the fact to argue their case.


1917. But I will not go so far as to imply that those philosophers were hypocrites, because they were not. I will defend them in this way. A physicist will insist, and knows for a fact that solid objects are composed almost entirely of vast stretches of empty space. A physicist knows that radio waves go through your house because the walls are completely open to a radio wave.

1918. The radio wave, traveling along through space sees the wall of a house, the way we see the cables of a suspension bridge, just a wide-open structure, made mostly of empty space that has some job to do. So the radio wave goes through the suspension bridge, right into your house and out the back door, and does not even disturb any of the furniture. That is how the physicist sees objects, and if you don’t agree with him, he knows for a fact that you are just ignorant.

1919. Yet, that same physicist will not walk into a tree or a telephone pole because he knows it to be mostly empty space. Camus will wait for the green light to cross the street, even though he knows the street and the light are without any significance in the long run.

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