Credo propterea puto.

Cogito ergo sum.

I think, therefore I am.

But as the old joke goes, Descartes walked into a bar, and the bartender asked if he wanted a drink.

Descartes replied, ” I think not,” and promptly blinked out of existence.

Ever run into someone who, because they think something, then that MUST be the truth? And conversely, if they don’t think something, that thing CANNOT POSSIBLY be the truth?

If a lack of belief in X means that X is not true, does it follow that if you don’t see Y then Y doesn’t exist? If you’ve never heard a song by artist Z, is the song imaginary?

When he sits in a totally darkened room, in complete silence, does he cease to exist? When he sleeps, do I cease to exist?

I’ve never been inside Fort Knox; so that gold must not exist, huh?

“O that way madness lies; let me shun that. No more of that.”


Author: Paul Krendler

The Thinking Man's Zombie

5 thoughts on “Credo propterea puto.”

  1. I don't know if he's willfully ignorant or just very, very stupid.

    Look at his phone call he made to NASA last nite. After someone did a Google search, they found practically none of the information he provided on Mike's blog and twitter was true. The woman wasn't "the" photo editor for NASA and the man she allegedly passed the info onto was not in the "legal department".

    And, of course, he's deathly silent on the fact that most NASA pictures are in the public domain and have no copyright restrictions regarding posting on blogs or putting in a book.

    I'm inclined to think it's a combination of the two.

  2. I think he jumps to conclusions, gets hammered with the actual facts, but is too prideful to admit he was wrong. Instead he either ignores the facts and changes the subject or starts in with his childish threats and insults hoping to drive folks from the conversation so he can declare victory. Notice when he was presented with US copyrighted books that contain NASA photos he complety ignored it? He certainly jumped on the example published in England, but ignored all the US examples. He also ignored the fact that he was caught lying about who he spoke to. This is the second time he's done that. He'll never change. He'll still be sitting in his sweaty palmed happy place long after we have all forgotten him.

    1. You'd think a man that spent as much time as he did studying the copyright laws, he might have heard of the Berne Convention at some point. But apparently he didn't.


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