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5th Jun '16 5:48:44 PM Odacon_Spy
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** Modern descriptions often depict Zenon as a crackpot philosopher who believed everything was just an illusion, but if one goes to the source (a secondary source, since we only know of him from Aristotle's refutation of his work) then a perfectly valid interpretation is that he was merely trying to point out that contemporary theories about the nature of space had logical flaws (much like Russell's paradox did for naive set theory). Concretely, Zenon gives ''four'' paradoxes, of which two are aimed at a discrete model of space and two are aimed at a continuous model. (It was probably because the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism Pythagoreans]] believed in discrete space that the discovery of irrational numbers was so shocking to them, although Zenon's argument is not about that.)

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** Modern descriptions often depict Zenon Zeno as a crackpot philosopher who believed everything was just an illusion, but if one goes to the source (a secondary source, since we only know of him from Aristotle's refutation of his work) then a perfectly valid interpretation is that he was merely trying to point out that contemporary theories about the nature of space had logical flaws (much like Russell's paradox did for naive set theory). Concretely, Zenon Zeno gives ''four'' paradoxes, of which two are aimed at a discrete model of space and two are aimed at a continuous model. (It was probably because the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism Pythagoreans]] believed in discrete space that the discovery of irrational numbers was so shocking to them, although Zenon's Zeno's argument is not about that.)
5th Jun '16 5:46:12 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' scene, Peter bids on what he believes is a boat. It turns out he bid on a picture of a boat. Then the next item for sale is revealed to be an actual boat.

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' scene, Peter bids on what he believes is a boat. It turns out he bid on a picture of a boat. Then The actual boat is revealed to be the next item for sale is revealed to be an actual boat.sale.
29th May '16 5:31:19 PM R1ck
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* UrbanLegend tells of a philosophy professor who, for the final exam, placed a chair at the front of the room and challenged the students to prove it did not exist. One student scored 100% simply by writing "What chair?"
25th Apr '16 11:26:08 AM Quanyails
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* ''Website/TheOnion''[='s=] parody atlas ''Literature/OurDumbWorld'' claims that René Magritte made a ''second'' painting entitled "Now This -- '''This''' Is a Pipe."

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* ''Website/TheOnion''[='s=] parody atlas ''Literature/OurDumbWorld'' claims that René Magritte made a ''second'' painting entitled [[Film/CrocodileDundee "Now This -- '''This''' --]] '''[[Film/CrocodileDundee This]]''' [[Film/CrocodileDundee Is a Pipe.""]]
25th Apr '16 11:24:35 AM Quanyails
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* iN ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Alpha Jack Noir begins his [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006778 Jailbreak Adventure]] locked up in a Prospitian jail cell. (Un)fortunately, there just happens to be a (crude drawing of a) key [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006781 right on the floor in front of him.]]

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* iN In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Alpha Jack Noir begins his [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006778 Jailbreak Adventure]] locked up in a Prospitian jail cell. (Un)fortunately, there just happens to be a (crude drawing of a) key [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006781 right on the floor in front of him.]]
25th Apr '16 11:23:08 AM Quanyails
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* "Jazz is the notes you *don't* play." (Old adage, sometimes credited to Music/MilesDavis.)

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* "Jazz is the notes you *don't* ''don't'' play." (Old adage, sometimes credited to Music/MilesDavis.)
17th Apr '16 5:49:01 AM aye_amber
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* TheLonelyIsland's "Threw It On The Ground" : the guy is handed given a cell phone, and told that it's his dad (on the phone). He says, "man, this ain't my dad. This is a ''cell phone''." (So he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin threw it on the ground]].)

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* TheLonelyIsland's Music/TheLonelyIsland's "Threw It On The Ground" : the guy is handed given a cell phone, and told that it's his dad (on the phone). He says, "man, this ain't my dad. This is a ''cell phone''." (So he [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin threw it on the ground]].)



** Played with in ''TheSimpsons''. In one episode, Lisa is at the Jazz Hole, enjoying the performance of a female electric violinist:

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** Played with in ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In one episode, Lisa is at the Jazz Hole, enjoying the performance of a female electric violinist:
11th Apr '16 8:30:43 PM dotchan
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* [[Franchise/StarWars "Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them."]]

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* [[Franchise/StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' gives us the wisdom: "Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them."]]"


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** Painting as a way to depict particular subject matters or for its own sake is also discussed between a damned artist and his more heavenly-minded friend.
7th Feb '16 11:34:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* In MarkTwain's story ''TheMysteriousStranger'', after the *ahem* ''friendly'' angel has wrought death, madness and devastation on the community, he tells the young boy/narrator that the boy ''is the only real thing in the universe, and that everything else - including the angel - is a figment of his imagination''. Twain was [[CreatorBreakdown not in a happy place]] when he wrote this.
** Adapted with much NightmareFuel in the stop motion movie ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'': "Nothing exists save empty space and you. And you are but a thought."

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* In MarkTwain's Creator/MarkTwain's story ''TheMysteriousStranger'', ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'', after the *ahem* ''friendly'' angel has wrought death, madness and devastation on the community, he tells the young boy/narrator that the boy ''is the only real thing in the universe, and that everything else - including the angel - is a figment of his imagination''. Twain was [[CreatorBreakdown not in a happy place]] when he wrote this.
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this. Adapted with much NightmareFuel in the stop motion movie ''TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'': ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'': "Nothing exists save empty space and you. And you are but a thought."



* In Creator/CSLewis's ''TheGreatDivorce'' the blessed former apostate finally gives up on trying to reason with his damned apostate friend not very long after the damned soul has gone so far off the deep end in his pseudo-intellectual diatribe that he ends up complaining about how the blessed man is talking "as if there some hard, fixed reality where things are, so to speak, 'there'."

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* In Creator/CSLewis's ''TheGreatDivorce'' ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' the blessed former apostate finally gives up on trying to reason with his damned apostate friend not very long after the damned soul has gone so far off the deep end in his pseudo-intellectual diatribe that he ends up complaining about how the blessed man is talking "as if there some hard, fixed reality where things are, so to speak, 'there'."
2nd Jan '16 9:30:47 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/ThePillarsOfReality'', it's part of the teachings of the Guild of Mages that everything (and everyone) else is really just an illusion. It might ''look'' like the world exists, but to actually believe so is a grave error that must be beaten out of acolytes before they finish their training. It's part of how they do magic; as far as they're concerned, they're just changing an illusion. However, the belief can cause serious problems for people around Mages, because Mages will feel free to treat "mere illusions" however they like.
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