Saturday, March 01, 2014

Book quotes: Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture Edited by William Irwin and Kyle Johnson

Notes and quotes from" Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture", which was reviewed yesterday:
Every night on my show, The Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut … I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument.  – Stephen Colbert

[My book is] not just some collection of reasoned arguments supported by facts. That is the coward’s way out. This book it Truth. My Truth.  – Stephen Colbert

If only the whole body of human knowledge worked this way (like Wikipedia). And it can, thanks to tonight’s word: wikiality. … We should apply those principles to all information. All we need to do is convince a majority of people that some factoid is true…what we’re doing is bringing democracy to knowledge. – Stephen Colbert

Like our Founding Fathers, I hold my Truths to be self-evident, which is why I did absolutely no research. I didn’t need to. The only research I needed was a long hard look in the mirror. – Stephen Colbert

A wise man proportions his beliefs to the evidence. – David Hume

If what you’re talking about is your sense, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you’re talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain. – Morpheus, The Matrix

Sow a though, reap an action: sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap destiny,’ – William James

“The paramedics said I was technically dead for 97 seconds. It was the best 97 seconds of my life.” House, of course, won’t stand for any of this. He tells the patient: “Okay, here’s what happened. Your oxygen-deprived brain shutting down, flooded endorphins, serotonin, and gave you the visions.”

“I’ve been trapped in this useless body long enough. It’d be nice to finally get out.” House blasts back: “Get out and go where? You think you’re gonna sprout wings and start flying around with the other angels? Don’t be an idiot. There’s no after, there’s just this.”

HOUSE: If you believe in eternity, then life is irrelevant – the same as a bug is irrelevant in comparison to the universe.
EVE: If you don’t believe in eternity, then what you do here is irrelevant.
HOUSE: Your acts here are all that matter,
EVE: Then nothing matters. There’s no ultimate consequences.

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation.

“What’s the point in living without curiosity?” – House.

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