Being in an philosophy/ethics course is kind of annoying simply because it’s an arts class and my brain doesn’t really like to work that way (although there’s no proof it likes to work the other way, either).

I do have just one bit of proof that arts and the sciences (at least physics, and by physics I probably mean math, because in university physics is just math) are incompatible, and that is the word “general”. When an arts student says something may be true in general, he/she is leaving open the possibility that there will be exceptions. When a mathematician says that something is true in general, he/she means that there are never exceptions. Thus, mathematicians and arts students can never have an intelligent conversation.

(In a related story, on the day of my interview for the Alumni Association gig, I think it was our boss or someone else who said that they were sorry for not telling us in advance that their building was at the top of the hill. In my head, the response I though of was “It’s alright, I came over along Docteur Penfield so the gradient of the incline wasn’t as great.” whereby “gradient” I’m refering, of course, to the vector containing each of three partial derivatives of a scalar field in three dimensions as its components, but of course you all knew that. Luckily I stopped myself from actually using the word “gradient” and thus still managed to get the job.)

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