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Witty and pertinent observations on matters of great significance OR Incoherent jottings on total irrelevancies OR Something else altogether OR All of the above

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"Not only is the world stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine" (Sir Arthur Eddington)*

An interesting article on synaesthesia, including a description of a colour-blind synaesthete (via).

*Re the Eddington quote, there seems to be dispute over whether he really said it. However, as this site demonstrates, he said and wrote a great number of splendid things. Not sure whether my favourite is

It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they are confirmed by theory.

or

We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.

His most famous line though, is surely:

"If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum".

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Oooh, oooh, oooh! Lookit! David Tennant and Andy Serkis! Together!

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