The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #103052   Message #2095028
Posted By: Bill D
05-Jul-07 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: TV is irritating
Subject: RE: BS: TV is irritating
Rita just cleared it up...Portland is on the East coast in the SouthWest quarter of Maine.

(William James tells the story of several men out camping when they saw a squirrel on a tree. They tried to get a better look, but the squirrel kept moving to keep the tree between himself and the men, so they fell to arguing whether they were walking "around" the squirrel or not, since the squirrel was always facing them.

One man (the Philosopher)came in late and told them simply that there IS no absolute answer, but it simple depended on a decision to adopt a common definition. If you all decide to mean by "around", being first to the north of the squirrel, then to the other directions, then the answer is yes, you were going around the squirrel (that is, the tree was the referent). If, however, you mean getting to the place you can see the squirrel's back, then the answer is 'no'. That sort of answer is a Pragmatic solution.