Finally I get the chance to relate a little story to something that’s happened recently. The picture is from http://www.lostgarden.com/index.html and is painted by Danc. It’s the best picture I’ve seen that illustrates this joke of infinite regression. Beautifully drawn!
Here’s the most popular version of the story.
A well-known scientist (some say it was the philosopher Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the Earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.
At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”
The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?”
“You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”
There are actually people like Sherri Shepherd from The View who might not know if the world is round or flat. After watching this video, I’m sure she would believe the story above. Just read some of the comments that I’ve chosen and watch the video.
“By the way, there are people whether you agree with them or not…there are people who do not believe in an almighty God.”
“I never thought about it Whoopi…is the world flat? I’ve never thought about it.”
“Do we get energy from the sun?”
“Baby…we gotta goto the library and find some books.”
How can you be on a show like The View and speak so intelligently?