Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Turtles all the way down

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant Fred Phelps." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is Fred Phelps standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's Fred Phelps all the way down!"

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