How would Plato respond to the Googleplex, Rebecca Goldstein wonders? He’d be wowed, astounded, and bemused by the latest in cave technology. He’d have plenty to say.
How about Diogenes? Rebecca Solnit suggests he might have the opposite reaction.
Kierkegaard liked to cite Diogenes: “When the Eleatics denied motion, Diogenes, as everyone knows, came forward as an opponent. He literally did come forward, because he did not say a word but merely paced back and forth a few times, thereby assuming he had sufficiently refuted them. Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Solvitur ambulando, of course, is what he wasn’t saying. It’s not an instance of what Wittgenstein would later call passing in silence whereof one cannot speak, but more an application of the principle of parsimony or the wielding of Occam’s Razor. Words only muddy an issue any fool should be able to grasp immediately.
In response to people who claim that women are not funny, she said: “My hat goes off to them. It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.”
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