“Physics Envy” and Some More Light Verse


The following are three poems from Felicia Nimue Ackerman, Professor of Philosophy at Brown University.

A Plea for Critical Thinking
Higgledy-piddledy
Russell and Wittgenstein,
Murdoch, and Geach and his 
Eminent wife
 
Shouldn’t be taken as
Super-philosophers,
Objects of worship and
Larger than life.

* * * * * *

An A for Effort?
“Why can’t you grade partly on effort?” 
Asked a student in hope of an A.
I said, “Would you go to a surgeon
If her teachers had graded that way?” 

* * * * *

Physics Envy?
A physicist’s thoughts can be faultless
And still turn out not to be true.
But if you go wrong a priori,
Then isn’t the problem with you?

Roy Lichtenstein, “Mirror #10”

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