Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...understanding philosophy through jokes is a most interesting and thought provoking read. It caught my attention at an airport bookstore and it's taken me five months to read 62 pages, mostly because of interruptions and my "scatter brain" that reads about 75 things at once, but also because it is very deep in a unique and humorous way.
Now that I'm into reading it again it reminds me of several of our blogs as we tackle philosophy, religion and serious contemplations through a mostly humorous way.
I'm currently on the section about Logic, which is divided into several categories. My current category of Logic is The "Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc" Fallacy, which in English translates to "After this, therefore because of this."
This describes the error of assuming that because one thing follows another, that thing was caused by the other. The authors claim that this false logic is popular in sociopolitical discourse, such as "Most people hooked on heroin started with marijuana." True, but even more started with milk!
They also claim that Post Hoc jokes multiply in direct proportion to human delusions. Here are a few gems from this section:
Every morning a lady steps out onto her front porch and exclaims, "Let this house be safe from tigers!" Then she goes back inside. A friend says to her, "What's that all about? There isn't a tiger within a thousand miles of here." And she says, "See? It works!"
An older Jewish gentleman marries a younger lady. No matter what the husband does sexually, the woman never reaches orgasm. Since a Jewish wife is entitled to sexual pleasure, they decide to ask the rabbi. The rabbi makes the following suggestion: "Hire a strapping young man. While the two of you are making love, have the young man wave a towel over you. That will help the wife fantasize and should bring on an orgasm." About a week later the couple return to the rabbi to inform him that it didn't work. The rabbi then suggests: "Let the young man make love to your wife while you stand over them waving the towel." The couple try this approach. The young man gets to work with great enthusiasm and the wife soon has an enormous, room-shaking orgasm. The husband smiles, looks at the young man and says triumphantly, "Schmuck, that's the way you wave a towel!"
A New York boy is being led through the swamps of Louisiana by his cousin. "Is it true that an alligator won't attack you if you carry a flashlight?" asks the city boy. His cousin replies, "Depends on how fast you carry the flashlight."
The moral of this lesson is don't confuse the propter with the prop!
Sir Hook I Am Therefore I Am...I Think? of Warrick