Steve Martin is 70?! The wild and crazy philosophy major turned stand-up comedian turned actor turned bluegrass musician doesn’t act his age in public. But he’s studiously pondered the philosophy of humor, and was deeply influenced by an early reading of Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge (whose protagonist was in turn deeply influenced by William James). His re-enactment of the death of Socrates rivals Woody Allen’s version, if not Plato’s.
[College] “changed what I believe and what I think about everything. I majored in philosophy. Something about non sequiturs appealed to me… If you’re studying geology, which is all facts, as soon as you get out of school you forget it all, but philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life.”
But in a good way.
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