Monday, October 06, 2008
Ho, ho, ho. What's the difference between a pigeon and a banker? The pigeon can still put a deposit on a Ferrari. Evening Standard apparently. Anyway, what with Mandy the drama queen and the world still crashing about our ears, I've quite lost my thread today. I woke up intending to write a post on promissory materialism, an aspect of eliminative materialism. I meant to do it because it is, I think, the most profound intellectual issue of our time. If EM is successful, common sense psychology will be dead, an event that would be in the words of my hero Jerry Fodor, 'beyond comparison, the greatest intellectual catastrophe in the history of our species....' Imagine our inner world vanishing with the same bewildering rapidity as our money. The Bundesbank would have to underwrite our sanity as well as our deposits. But that post eluded me. Perhaps tomorrow.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 3:46 pm