Monday, December 07, 2009

"the pills they gave me..."

If you take a pill to make everything better, then you don't know when things are fucked up. If you don't know when things are fucked up, then you can't fix it yourself.
-- Alexa Junge, United States of Tara, Snow, 2009


I can imagine someone whose response to that would be: "well duh, that's why I take the pills they give me."

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I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
-- Terry Pratchett

Quite funny. But again, wouldn't that be the best reason to think outside it?

BTW, I'm reading Unseen Academicals, his newest discworld book. I like it a lot, especially considering it it taking place in the wizard world, and the wizards are my least favorite characters. But it has several very good and new characters who are not wizards.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Monday, December 07, 2009   2 comments links to this post

2 Comments:

At 8 Dec 2009 17:28:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite funny. But again, wouldn't that be the best reason to think outside it?

His point obviously is that there should be some thinking going on inside the box before we should consider thinking outside of it. Duh. Is it the language barrier, or what? You never seem to understand these basic sayings. Not that Terry Pratchett or a former Friends writer are exactly philosophers.

 
At 8 Dec 2009 17:46:00, Blogger eolake said...

"His point obviously is that there should be some thinking going on inside the box before we should consider thinking outside of it."

Why? Why must thinking have to start *inside* the box?

For example, all the big companies Inside The Box in the seventies were not interested at all in a micro-computer. So it was up to small upstarts outside the box to make one. Only when some of them became very successful, did some attempts at thinking start inside the box.

 

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