What Aristortle Said

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What was it again?

Heave Ho, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 02:08 (thirteen years ago) link


Curt1s Stephens, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 06:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Περὶ μὲν οὖν τῶν πρώτων αἰτίων τῆς φύσεως καὶ περὶ πάσης κινήσεως φυσικῆς, ἔτι δὲ περὶ τῶν κατὰ τὴν ἄνω φορὰν διακεκοσμημένων ἄστρων καὶ περὶ τῶν στοιχείων τῶν σωματικῶν, πόσα τε καὶ ποῖα, καὶ τῆς εἰς ἄλληλα μεταβολῆς, καὶ περὶ γενέσεως καὶ φθορᾶς τῆς κοινῆς εἴρηται πρότερον.

Michael White, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 19:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah. What he said.

Aimless, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 20:22 (thirteen years ago) link

*Shrugs* It's still all Greek to me...

Michael White, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 20:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I think it went something like: "Impossible probabilities are to be preferred to possible improbabilities." What does that mean?

Crêpe, Tuesday, 4 December 2007 21:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Aristortle? Aristortle??

This somehow puts me in mind of the fact - wait a second - I, Aimless, do solemnly swear that I will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me, Rex - there, that should assist you in your unbelief.

At any rate, the fact that Aeschylus was killed by a turtle (ok, a tortoise, if you want to be picky) falling on his head from a great height.

Apparently, eagles in ancient Greece were liable at the drop of a hat to nab turtles in their talons and fly them up a few hundred feet and drop them onto handy rocks - and if you know anything about Greece, you know that you can't move two inches without hitting a rock, so that "handy" and "rock" go together in this context like " three minute egg" and "runny yolk", although admittedly, playwrights are but thinner on the ground than rocks and chance presumably played a large role in this drama, not bulking larger than the turtle, of course, who is the hero of the story.

History does not, sadly, record the fate of the turtle. Aeschylus died. No last words are known. One may freely speculate.

Aimless, Thursday, 6 December 2007 05:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, and M. Crêpe, it means exactly what it says, give or take a fistful of nebulosity.

Aimless, Thursday, 6 December 2007 05:37 (thirteen years ago) link

You mean like pennies in the give a penny, take a penny tray at the liquor store? Where do they usually keep the nebulosity and in what kind of container?

Michael White, Thursday, 6 December 2007 16:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Nebulosity keeps best in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Aimless, Friday, 7 December 2007 04:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Kind of like a moonshine, then?

Michael White, Friday, 7 December 2007 17:54 (thirteen years ago) link

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