Friday, June 28, 2013

Intellectual Jokes

I meant to post more about Lucretius but the week got away from me.  (I spent a couple of days at a retreat here.)  In the meantime, you may enjoy some of the jokes from this thread.  Most relevant to the Great Books is probably this joke:
So this classics professor goes to a tailor to get his pants mended. The tailor asks: "Euripedes?" The professor replies "Yes. Eumenides?"
But my favorite is probably this one:
Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar. Heisenberg turns to the other two and says, "Clearly this is a joke, but how can we figure out if it's funny or not?" Gödel replies, "We can't know that because we're inside the joke." Chomsky says, "Of course it's funny. You're just telling it wrong."
 (I'll talk more about 'The Nature of All Things', I promise.)

Update: Ok, this one seems particularly in tune with Lucretius:
A chemist, a mechanical engineer, and a civil engineer are contemplating the existence of God based on the design of the human body.
The Chemist remarks, "God has to be a chemist. Only a divine chemist would understand how molecule interact on a molecular level to have them so organized on a macro scale."
The mechanical engineer says, "God has to be a mechanical engineer. Only a mechanical engineer could understand the complexity of levers and mechanical fulcrums to create such a exquisite tool."
The civil engineer says, "You're both wrong. Only a civil engineer would place a recreational facility so close to a biological waste source."

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