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Letter: Absurdity is the ecstasy of science

Dear Editor:

    My love for The Inverness Oran has absolutely no limit. Honestly, one never knows what to expect from the lively discussions, and of course from those who like a good rebuttal in seven days. (I’m reminded of an event in my only English class in university when the professor quoted “To be or not to be, that is the question,” to which a torturous individual raised his hand, attacked Bill Shakespeare and said “that’s not really a question!”) But I digress.
    Today, Bill Dunphy discussed his take on studded tires and the science behind it. Studded tires outperform regular winter tires in one basic area – stopping on ice. Now, I have never liked them either, but I absolutely enjoyed Bill’s experiment with hands and fingernails moving back and forth on a table.
    I have a better experiment for him on the decision to get studded or winter tires. First, tell your better half you aren’t getting studded tires because your palm won’t move side to side on the table at the pub. Then lay down of the sofa, and ask her to place the palm of her hand on your face, point her fingernails down around your upper lip and pull it back over your ears. You will soon discover that your experiment has no meaning in the sphere of objective activity, and that it only related to your personal subjective feelings during your decision-making analysis. The scientific conclusion? You can be a fool and not know it, but not if you’re married.

Miles Tompkins












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