Friday, January 27, 2012

Lazy Sophism

Lazy Sophism. Darrel Perkins. Linocut. 2012. 7x21"

"I knew an old man who had been an officer in the First World War. He told me that one of his problems had been to get men to wear their helmets when they were at risk from enemy fire. Their argument was in terms of a bullet "having your number on it". If a bullet had your number on it, then there was no point in taking precautions, for it was going to kill you. On the other hand, if no bullet had your number on it, then you were safe for another day, and did not need to wear the cumbersome and uncomfortable helmet. If the future is fixed shouldn't we just resign ourselves to our fates?"
- Simon Blackburn -

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