Friday, January 4, 2008

Deep Thoughts I

You have never been older than today.

(The posts in this occasional series are inspired by Richard Gale's account of how when asked by his family members what he worked on, he responded in profound-sounding tautologies. Some of the examples I will give may be Richard's, but my memories of his examples are hazy, so I won't be able to credit them. The ones involving time are more likely his than the others.)

4 comments:

Enigman said...

...unless we are souls incarnating into spatio-temporal universes, in which case I may have been (in the Earth's past) much older than I am today; although I feel that that is unlikely.

Alexander R Pruss said...

Nah, if once you were 1000 years old, you're now at least 1000 years old.

Anonymous said...

Alex, did you mean to write, "You have never been older than you are today?" Clearly, even if 23.9999 of today's 24 hours have past, I'm already much older than the current 24-hour period. :) :)

Alexander R Pruss said...

How do you know? :-)