Saturday, April 06, 2013

Why Did the Pre-Socratics Write in Fragments?

Because they were influenced by the architecture of the time.


Anonymous Jim Bales said...


BTW, did you know that the Odyssey and the Iliad were not written by Homer, but by a different Greek with the same name?


9:56 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Finally someone appreciates the beauty of my pre-Socratics joke...

That Homer joke is a good one. I'm going to use it next time we talk about rigid designators. (A term, incidentally, that spawns jokes of its own...)

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incidentally, the punchline about their having originally written in fragments aside, the idea that they were influenced by the architecture of their time is argued for here:

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Jim Bales said...

Ah, rigid designators. It sounds like "dynamic head", something I learned of as a Chemical Engineering student as we studied pumps.

I do *like* your pre-socratic joke, and only wish I had gotten to tell it to my Dad, for I clearly got his sense of humor. Sadly, he passed away last night, so we are off for his funeral down in NC.

And, WS, while I've not commented much here lately, please know that I do keep up with your posts and appreciated them!


12:07 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...


I am so sorry to hear about your dad.

8:29 AM  

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