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ot/off-season 'things i dint know' thread. - 04-20-2014, 05:51 PM

most bear scholars already heard the township Cal is located within was named after Bishop George Berkeley, right?

well, and this is true, among other things accomplished the same scholar also posed the infamous conundrum "if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it.." #things i dint know

discovered tonight while reading the 2012 Hugo award winner for best sf novelette (source: http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/06/s...s-three-days):
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“I am going to give you the Samuel Johnson/Bishop Berkeley lecture, for like the tenth time,” Marva says. “Because sometimes, a girl just needs a little Johnson.”

Bishop George Berkeley, of course, was the “if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound” guy, who argued that objects only exist in our perceptions. One day, Boswell asked Samuel Johnson what he thought of Berkeley’s idea. According to Boswell, Johnson’s response to this was to kick a big rock “with mighty force,” saying, “I refute it thus.”
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