Day 164: June 13 – The Boundaries of Scepticism

~ London Zoo

Wisdom

In all the events of life, we ought still to preserve our scepticism. If we believe that fire warms, or water refreshes, it is only because it costs us too much pains to think otherwise.

~ David Hume

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Wit

If it squirms, it’s biology; if it stinks, it’s chemistry; if it doesn’t work, it’s physics and if you can’t understand it, it’s mathematics.

~ Magnus Pyke, English Scientist

What Happened

323 BC: Death of Alexander the Great in Babylon.

1865: Birth of William Butler Yeats.

1900: Start of the Boxer rebellion in China.

1944: The first German buzz bomb (V-1) lands on London.

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Writer’s Addendum

The problem with any form of scepticism is my tummy. I can be sceptic about life, about knowledge, about the world, about religion and even about existence. But when I hear the rumble of tummy, I realize that we can never doubt that we exist. How else can my stomach rumble?! Hunger brings us back to reality. 

So be a sceptic. Question everything. Analyse most things. It is a virtue to never believe completely the testimonies of other people.

Unless, of course, that other person is your tummy.

~ E

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