The Absurdity Principle

The moon is made of cheese.

The cow jumped over the moon.

Penguins taste just like chickens.

Most of us have heard the above before sometime in our lives (maybe not the last one, but it’s a novelty anyway). What is it that causes us to dismiss them as utterly ridiculous and unfound before we’ve even heard any evidence? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the absurdity principle. While most would call it the absurdity rule, I call it a principle. The reason I call it a principle is because it differs slightly from philosophy to science.

In philosophy, it’s a bit more loose. Mostly revolving around grammar and how things are said. A statement can still be technically logical, but at the same time not be completely contradictory. I’ll site some examples used in wikipedia. (I know, but bear with me. The examples they use are standard to demonstrate this)

“I went to the pictures last Tuesday but I don’t believe it” can be true, are (logically) consistent, and are not (obviously) contradictions.

Whether anyone in their right mind would actually speak like that is anyone’s guess -not that I wouldn’t like to see it of course. However it’s about the principle of the thing.

Now I was reading an article earlier today in the Popular Science magazine. One of the scientist featured in it was talking about how the moon ~could~ be made of cheese. He was asking questions to himself about how it could be, and answering them with as much seriousness as one might come to expect from someone who is a master of the scientific method… When he began to talk about how the dense nature of the moon simply could mean that below the meters of dust there was dense “lunar cheese”… but his point was to demonstrate how our minds so quickly react to things that seem obvious, but are they? Of course when he did mention that he highly doubted a cow could obtain escape velocity without multiphase rockets and escape the atmosphere to fly over the moon. In that respect, I think we can all agree.

So the next time you hear something and your mind screams that it’s ridiculous, try to prove it. You might find it harder then you had thought.


Imagination in Motion: English Majors

In college, what is the one major that is given the most grief for supposedly being the least “helpful” in terms of obtaining a career? I’ve heard of several, but none of them compare to the one on so many people’s lips. Then let me tell you now that most people will tell you it’s English. Why major or minor in it? People don’t seem to understand it very well. They come to me and say “You won’t make money with English”. It’s when they tell me this that I wonder if that’s what society has become.

I recently read a study that was posted last week in the Houston Chronicle about the passing scores of different subjects in Texas schoolsl. Would it surprise you that the math and sciences are on the rise? Both of these being over 85% each surprised me a little, but my real shock was yet to come. Reading and writing passing rate was just above 35%. My mouth dropped, and indeed I almost dropped the paper. That few? That means out of 10 students only 3-4 pass reading and writing. I’m not even talking about getting good grades in it, this is just passing the class period. That my friends, is a disturbing thing.

So I pose a thought to you all. Perhaps American society as a whole, disrespects English majors/minors because the career fields are becoming more focused on a science and mathematics  based society rather then one based on… imagination and creativity.

There are few who acknowledge dreamers. Who dreams the greatest dreams? A writer, or a scientist? Both can have imagination, but who’s is more inspiring. Does anyone look into history and remember many scientist that impacted their childhood with their works? Personally, I’ve never done that. The authors that gave me a childhood filled with adventure was Arthur Conan Doyle, Terry Brooks, T.A. Barron, Brian Jacques, Charles Sheffield, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Howard Pyle, Issac Asimov, and oh so many more.

I love reading and writing dearly. I couldn’t live if I couldn’t do them both. For that reason, I feel saddened to see those scores from the Texas youth. I would ask parents why. “Oh parent of children. Why does your child fiddle with numbers? I see them as they do their homework. They complete the work and write the bare minimum, read only what they must, and then watch T.V. Why do you not take them to the library? Why are they always playing video games? Why have they never heard of Sherlock Holmes? Why do I have to explain to them in college why Issac Asimov was a genius? It makes my heart weep for that inspiration they never received but for time lost to frivolity.”

If one would say “Oh by the time they get into college it’s to late to be inspired by writings”, then I’d tell them they were wrong. In both of my English classes, there were, indeed, only 5-6 people in a class of over 20, that actually cared deeply about what they wrote. I count myself among them. To all English majors or minors I would tell you to be headstrong and know that you aren’t *in* your major to obtain capital at obscene rates… no, your real career is to inspire people with your work. To bring a smile to the face of someone who had never seen such a well thought perspective or piece of literature. THAT… my friends, sounds like a respectable career in my mind.

My Drive

Life has taken me everywhere and I have learned and experience a lot through my life. I have seen so many things good and bad but those experiences I went through in life I adopted and made me who I am now. I know I have many things to learn still but I Know one thing I learn the most was to never give up in life. Just keep moving forward. I have learned to live and with my trust, my drive, my dream, and my promise I made since I was an infant. I will achieve my goal no matter what it takes. No matter if I DIE trying. I will achieve my goal.


What I have learned in my days is that your action can cause more damages than words can. Your actions show what type of person you are to theirs around you. This will determined what type of men/women you are to the people around you or your friends. Its funny when you lose people or friends because of your action you feel like your are a bad person, but that’s doesn’t make you a bad person at all. It’s just you made poor choices as a person. But what makes men/women is if you realize and learn from your mistakes. I know this because I have lost many friends in my days and I have done some poor choice as well because of how I acted and my actions. But I have learned from them and made me smarter, wiser, and a better men. No one is perfect everyone makes mistakes one time or another. Making mistakes if how you learn to be a better person in life.