"They say Thales was studying the stars, Theodorus, and gazing aloft, when he fell into a well; and a witty and amusing Thracian servant-girl made fun of him because, she said, he was wild to know about what was up in the sky but failed to see what was in front of him and under his feet. The same joke applies to all who spend their lives in philosophy."
So who is the philosopher that is the blog's avatar?
On the main page—Aristotle. What you see on your dashboard—David Chalmers.
"It doubtless seems highly paradoxical to assert that Time is unreal, and that all statements which involve its reality are erroneous. Such an assertion involves a far greater departure from the natural position of mankind than is involved in the assertion of the unreality of Space or of the unreality of Matter. So decisive a breach with that natural position is not to be lightly accepted. And yet in all ages the belief in the unreality of time has proved singularly attractive."
John Ellis McTaggart
"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."
"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life."
"I don’t know about ‘common sense opinion’ by the way. It seems to me that the office of common sense is to keep us from playing cards for high stakes with people we meet on trains, and not to endorse metaphysical opinions."
Peter van Inwagen
"Time is what clocks are there to tell."
"The idea of world peace is really appealing until you go for a drive and someone cuts you off."
Jeremiah van Guilder
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
"I tend to be pessimistic about everything: If things seem to be going good, I’m worried that it’s going to end; if things are bad, then I’m worried that it’s going to be permanent. It’s not a very comfortable attitude to have all the time."
"Often time people come up and say ‘Hey Bruce, are you really that good?’ I said well, if I tell you I am good probably you’ll say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I am no good, you’ll Know I’m lying."