Friday, January 27, 2006

A Reply to "Subjective Idealism".

There was a young man who said
Must think it exceedingly odd
If he finds that this tree
Continues to be
Where there's no one about in the

"Dear Sir, your astonishment's odd;
I am always about in the Quad
And that's why this tree
Will continue to be
Since observed by . . . Yours faithfully,

-Attributed to Ronald Knox by Edward T. Oakes, S.J. in his review of Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness by Daniel C. Dennett, which review appears in the January 2006 issue of First Things.

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