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The Prickles vs The Goo
    #4338593 - 06/26/05 08:07 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I have sometimes thought that all philosophical disputes could be reduced to an argument between the partisans of "prickles" and the partisans of "goo." The prickly people are tough-minded, rigorous, and precise, and like to stress differences and divisions between things. They prefer particles to waves, and discontinuity to continuity.

The gooey people are tender-minded romanticists who love wide generalizations and grand syntheses. They stress the underlying unities, and are inclined to pantheism and mysticism. Waves suit them much better than particles as the ultimate constituents of matter, and discontinuities jar their teeth like a compressed-air drill.

Prickly philosophers consider the gooey ones rather disgusting - undisciplined, vague dreamers who slide over hard facts like an intellectual slime which threatens to engulf the whole universe in an "undifferentiated aesthetic continuum" [courtesy of Professor F. S. C. Northrop].
But gooey philosophers think of their prickly colleagues as animated skeletons that rattle and click without any flesh or vital juices, as dry and desiccated mechanisms bereft of all finer feelings.

Either party would be hopelessly lost without the other, because there would be nothing to argue about, no one would know what his position was, and the whole course of philosophy would come to an end.

~Alan Watts





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Re: The Prickles vs The Goo [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #4338648 - 06/26/05 09:09 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

:grin: :thumbup: :wink:


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funny fella, heh... [Re: Icelander]
    #4338748 - 06/26/05 11:07 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)



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Re: funny fella, heh... [Re: gnrm23]
    #4339335 - 06/26/05 03:53 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Alan Watts is the man. Have you all seen the prickles and goo flash video produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone? Its cool, theres others too.


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Re: funny fella, heh... [Re: dante]
    #4339344 - 06/26/05 03:57 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I am proud to be gooey. :smile:


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Re: funny fella, heh... [Re: WeAreAllOne]
    #4339414 - 06/26/05 04:33 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

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Re: The Prickles vs The Goo [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #4339475 - 06/26/05 05:06 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Hehe :thumbup:  :crazy2:


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Re: The Prickles vs The Goo [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #4339567 - 06/26/05 05:42 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

i'm going to be very prickly right now and say that the constituents of matter are not particles and not waves, but strings which behave like particles and waves :tongue2:


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Re: The Prickles vs The Goo [Re: alsey]
    #4339597 - 06/26/05 06:00 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I'm going to be very gooey right now and say that the description in which you illustrated the nature in the constituents of matter parallels the nature of all mankind.. we are all, ultimately prickles and goo.




Ack, I feel all slimy! Must shower! :argh:




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Re: The Prickles vs The Goo [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #4339756 - 06/26/05 07:03 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

what about us sticky types, way gooey, but particular enough about details.
I want things to be gooey, and I want the insights not the junk to stick, or at least return freely.
then
I look at things that are too sticky as the major problems:
like anger and hatred which is so like being stuck in mental chewing gum etc.


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