Monday, December 17, 2007

Is A wise, or something else?

38 comments:

~Angela~ said...

A = philosophy major

Collin said...

post-modernism

Another Kevin said...

In politics, it's called a "flip-flop" or "U turn" and roundly condemned, even when there has been a change in circumstances prompting the change of opinion.

Chookooloonks said...

Inquisitive

Big D said...

Mitt Romney

Valentin said...

A = normal college experience

echoesandwaves said...

A = democrats! ha ha!

Amrit said...

A = people we need more of

bodnotbod said...

A = endearingly scatty professor.

~Angela~ said...

A = easily persuaded

A = informed voter/consumer

A = Me

Anonymous said...

A = how science (should) work[s]

Drew said...

I was going to say 'Objective'.

But what anonymous (above) said is far better. So, umm... I'm changing my mind.

PsyGuy said...

im gonna say that
A = Human 2.0 :D

LotharBot said...

A = scholarly

Everything else in the strip is an adjective, so it makes sense to use one here. The strip perfectly describes what it is to be a scholar: learn lots of stuff, and go where that learning takes you. The term is broad enough to encompass science, philosophy, religion, politics, and most of the other good answers you'll get.

LotharBot said...

My wife's contribution: the true point of wisdom should be somewhere between "A" and "dogmatic". Point A is "delusional".

You should SOMETIMES change your mind when you learn new things, but other times, you should learn something new that merely confirms your previous understanding.

If you change your mind every single time you learn something new, it means your past knowledge has zero predictive value. That means either the universe is inherently unpredictable (and you're delusional for thinking you can predict it / "learn" anything) or your "learning" doesn't match reality (and you're delusional for it.)

Crimson Feet said...

'A' sure is leading an exciting life. But in order to be wise, 'A' would need to be in each of those other 3 shoes at different points in life.

However, being wise isn't all that important I guess! :)

Anonymous said...

A = science

scriblurgh said...

A = DIY brain transplant

Martinbg said...

Trying to live by A, not sure that I always succeed. Is it wise? I don't know. It seems to be the best way to make some sort of sense in a very confusing world. (Where every way to knowledge in itself requires knowledge to make sense.)

Simone S. said...

A=Former Republican

BradyDale said...

you need a third axis. The center is rational neutrality. In one direction, it moves from rationally religious all the way to cultish mysticism. On another side, it moves from secular rationalism all the way out to android.

Hans Mundahl said...

A = education

I've linked to this one through our urban experiential learning project's blog - thanks for the inspiration as always!

chudpi said...

A = Pragmatic

Anna said...

A = first year in college

Jennifer said...

A = Tao

dharmamama said...

Agreeing with lotharbot - someone truly wise wouldn't change their mind just because they learned something new, though it's certainly part of the equation.

A could also be called flighty.

Anonymous said...

scriblurgh takes the cake for sure

Bone Sucker said...

A = victim of media

I ADORE your cards!!

PsyGuy said...

im starting to think scriblurgh was on the money. lol

Janka said...

A = gullible

lotharbot gave the reasoning

Ankit said...

scriblurgh or janka win this one for sure

Roz said...

I would say "teachable", but if you switch cause and effect around, it would be "massive rationalization".

willis said...

wisdom is once you recognize that you are at point "A" ...

Anonymous said...

I'd say
A= Adolescence
-or-
Spends too much time on Wikipedia.

sorry for the lack of funniness in my suggestions.

Anonymous said...

A = nutritional scientist

Let's see, are eggs good or bad for me this week?

maczenwes said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/01/health/research/01mind.html?ex=1356843600&en=c50a5096c0bad48b&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Shulamit said...

The problem I'm having with this particular card, is that dogmatic people do not tend to learn more...even if they are exposed to new things. They keep on blinders.

If the line on the bottom, then, were changed to something like "exposure to different perspectives" then dogmatic would fit better, flighty would be particularly interesting (changing without such exposure...pretty flighty indeed) and A might be more likely to be wise, though it would depend, wouldn't it?

Shulamit said...

Blushing...mind you, I really do like this form of art, Jessica, and truly did not mean to only write a critique.

Doh.

 
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