[ExI] Tenser, said the Tensor

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Mar 24 16:56:15 UTC 2009

At 01:23 AM 3/24/2009 -0700, Lee wrote:

>>Yes indeed. Something I try to urge on people who revere "ancient 
>>teachings" and "ancient wisdom" makes the same point: Yahweh was an 
>>*early, primitive* god, and the wise men and women of ancient 
>>India, China and Greece represent *young punks offering mostly 
>>uninformed guesses* about almost everything they address that isn't 
>>still self-evident and uncontroversial.
>Quite right. But maybe I'm missing something. Shouldn't
>that be past tense? I.e., "the wise men... *were* young
>punks offering mostly uniformed guesses"?

No, because that is what they now represent to us. You can quite 
properly say, "In HAMLET, Shakespeare offers a ripping good tale of 
blood and mayhem to offset his boring poetry," even though the old 
guy's been gone these many years.

Damien Broderick

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