Studied metaphysical. Science in the park. I've always wondered what the Beatles were on about in that song. Quizzical about what? Joan who? Ah, but as with so many other questions in this life, we'll probably never know. The whole premise is epistemologically opaque.
Somewhere around here, I have a copy of Aristotle's Metaphysics. I've never read it, of course, but I understand it was fairly influential in its day. I was just browsing through this category on Amazon...
...to see if Aristotle (I forget his first name) shows up there. And I'm glad to report that he does -- but, as of this writing, at #77. That is, on the fourth page, with 20 hits per page. I tried to see how many books are listed overall, but it seems to be a lot. I quit at #400 -- the Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Locke on Human Understanding. I tried to read that once, but I couldn't understand a word. I suspect many others must have had the same problem with these metaphysicians, because books of this type rank pretty low in terms of Amazon sales -- except for Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre, which shows up on the first page at #9 (number nine... number nine...) and Being on Time by Martin Heidegger (who was a Nazi) at #17.
But look, I wasn't born yesterday. I don't think any of these are truly representative of the kind of metaphysical studies Joan was wont to engage in at the park. That's what research is all about, though: digging ever deeper and presenting one's findings to a panel of one's peers. And so, Valued Peers, having perused the Amazon Metaphysics category in a deeply analytical frame of mind, I submit the following sample, which aims to demonstrate, succinctly, what I found (numbers refer to sales rank)...
So there you have it: metaphysics. It would seem that Joan was ahead of her time. But no quick-and-dirty overview of this hugely fascinating subject would be complete without my favorite: #30...
How do you spell G-R-A-N-D-I-O-S-I-T-Y ?
Or hold on, wait a second... maybe this is my favorite...
Gee, with infinite possibilities to explore, it's so hard to choose.
did you ever have to make up your mind?
say yes to one and let the other one ride...
did you ever have to finally decide?
~ The Lovin' Spoonful
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Tuesday, December 6