September 25th, 2008

breaking bad

Harmless Drudge speaks

From kalypso_v a meme: 'Post something from Samuel Johnson in your blog'.

We stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it -- "I refute it thus."

A very silly refutation, but a good line.