karlologyKarl Pilkington’s theories are funny because they seem to come out of nowhere, but at the same time, they resonate with each and every one of us because they touch on something that we sensed but rejected or had society reject for us. It’s not that his ideas are completely ungrounded. It’s just that people before him have said it better.



It is true that I may have (or, to anticipate, that I certainly have) a body that is very closely joined to me.  But nevertheless, on the one hand, I have a clear and distinct idea of myself, in so far as I am simply a thinking, non-extended thing; and on the other hand I have a distinct idea of body, in so far as this is simply an extended, non-thinking thing.  And accordingly, it is certain that I am really distinct from my body, and can exist without it.  (p. 16 col. 1)

The first observation that I make at this point is that there is a great difference between the mind and the body, inasmuch as the body is by its very nature always divisible, while the mind is utterly indivisible.  For when I consider the mind, or myself in so far as I am merely a thinking thing, I am unable to distinguish any parts within myself; I understand myself to be something quite single and complete.  Although the whole mind seems to be united to the whole body, I recognize that if a foot or arm or any other part of the body is cut off, nothing has thereby been taken away from the mind.  As for the faculties of willing, of understanding, of sensory perception and so on, these cannot be termed parts of the mind, since it is one and the same mind that wills, and understands and has sensory perceptions.  By contrast, there is no corporeal or extended thing that I can think of which in my thought I cannot easily divide into parts; and this very fact makes me understand that it is divisible.  (p. 18)



“I’ve wondered if I’m in charge of the brain or if the brain is in charge of me.”

Cyclists wear helmets. He won’t eat cauliflower and walnuts. Brains don’t like laughter. How did the brain evolve?




“If Life were to suddenly appear on a desert island we wouldn’t claim it was randomly assembled in an organic soup or created by the hand of god; we’d conclude it washed to shore or fell from the sky. The Earth too, is an island, orbiting in a sea of space, and living creatures and their DNA have been washing to shore and falling from the sky since our planets creation.”



I have a theory that the brain might have come from another planet where brains ruled.



Ignorance is Bliss



It made me wonder if intelligent people need laughter…Maybe the brain doesn’t really like laughing.



To be is to be perceived.



I said “That doesn’t make me want to visit Scotland.” He totally ignored me. The other two people didn’t flinch either. I was so ignored that I actually wondered if I’d said it. It’s like that question about a tree falling in the woods.






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