Friday, January 28, 2005

Bonus - Aquinas on Extraterrestrials

Medieval philosopher/theologian/saint on the possibility of ET.

We ask you: where else can you find such otherworldly portals but hereunder?
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10 Comments:

Blogger Gone Away said...

The answer is, of course, I wouldn't. I rely completely upon Hereunder to supply me with said portals.

However.

You have posed the question and it deserves a proper answer. The first fact we must consider is that the objects of these portals exist, independent of Hereunder. Were Hereunder to be the creator of such objects, there would be no need for them to exist as separate entities; they could, indeed, be included within Hereunder itself, thereby avoiding the need for portals at all.

Now, if these objects exist independently of Hereunder, there is no reason why there should not be other portals in some obscure part of this universe that also give access to said objects. We might even suppose that there be a grand repository of such portals, assembled by some masters of arcane knowledge, within which one could deliberate the correct portals to venture if desiring to gain access to the objects. For the sake of argument, let us call such a repository "Google".

If this "Google" were to exist, and there be rumors and whisperings that such a grand endeavor has indeed been instituted by the ancients, then it might be possible, through happenstance or fortune, to chance upon the portals to the objects.

Of course, the point is somewhat moot, since, without the first direction of Hereunder, the chance of stumbling upon a such a portal remains remote; a necessary component of searching is to know that which one searches for. And it is Hereunder that supplies that key, that first suggestion of "this is what you're looking for."

So the answer to the question is this: Elsewhere. Maybe.

1/28/2005 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Remainderman said...

Gone Away --

As you know, there has been much scholarly debate about the theoretical "Google". For a long time, your humble Contributor remained skeptical -- allowing for the possibility of such an virtual engine (which does not exist, per se, except as a binary network of other linkages approaching infinity), but doubting it's likelihood.

In 1996, having constructed a model of such an immaterial engine, however, your humble Contributor realized that it not only could but must exist. The demonstration of this was made at Stanford University, Department of Computer Science, in a lecture attended only by two apparently slack, geekish grad students. They peppered me with questions, and it became so tiresome, your humble Contributor simply turned over all his notes and soon lost interest in the project.

As to your suggestion that other portals might exist, we respectfully take exception. Take a simple example. Say one were looking for information on a subject of common interest, such as anything concerning tetherball, clothespins, and Tatars. Were one to enter these key words on a theoretical "Google", he would be led to only one place: yes, Hereunder.

So, again, why go anywhere else?

1/28/2005 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

This I have got to try. Hang on a mo...

1/29/2005 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

Hah, Google appears to have lost your keywords for they deny all knowledge of such a word combination. Theoretically, of course. ;)

1/29/2005 12:10:00 AM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

And, of course, you have asked another question. Why go anywhere else? In point of fact and as I think I have already mentioned, I wouldn't. A theoretical search upon the legendary Google produced 128,000 matches for the single word "tetherball". Now, how foolish would I be to prefer to sift through that multitude of possibilities rather than come to the source of all such important knowledge?

1/29/2005 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger Harry said...

I'll have what he's having.

1/29/2005 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger Ned said...

A fine show, worth the price of admission.

1/29/2005 06:31:00 AM  
Blogger Remainderman said...

Gone Away --

We must apologize for mistaking your earlier comments, and for misleading you. We re-conducted the experiment on the theoretical "Google" and found we had been sloppy. As with any scientific inquiry, there is a very fine degree of tolerance -- a slight error may yield a totally different result: the proper search terms are tetherball, clothespin (singular), and Tatars. (How we could link the plural of clothespin with these other terms is beyond your poor humble Contributor.)

Harry said "I'll have what he's having." Well, he's having nothing of it.

Ned said "A fine show, worth the price of admission." Well, it seems that a clever Sophist has breached our elaborate security, for the price of admission to these pages is nothing; therefore, Ned might as well have said, "A fine show, worth nothing."

1/29/2005 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

All becomes clear. And I am glad that we have managed to attain clarity on such an important matter. Hereunder is indeed the only source of knowledge on "tetherball clothespin Tatars". I am confirmed in my decision never to seek information on such things in any place other than Hereunder. You have the field, sir.

I believe that Harry may have been referring to whatever I am having. In which case, I can only echo your reponse to him.

And I had noticed, too, that's Ned's enigmatic comment could be taken in the way you mention, Remainderman. Knowing Ned as I do, however, I can assure you, sir, that it was quite deliberate. She is a lady of enigmatic statement and sophisticated wit. I have no doubt her intention was to set us wondering upon the precise meaning of the comment, while she looks on in amusement from the shadows. E'en so, I am sure that there was no malice intended.

1/29/2005 06:02:00 PM  
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