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Andrew Meronek

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« on: May 20, 2013, 09:03AM »

So, I was reading this nice little article about Daniel Dennett:

Daniel Dennett's seven tools for thinking

and I realized that maybe it might be fun to see who can come up with the best deepity. (Tool #7)

The definition:

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A deepity (a term coined by the daughter of my late friend, computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum) is a proposition that seems both important and true and profound but that achieves this effect by being ambiguous. On one reading, it is manifestly false, but it would be earth-shaking if it were true; on the other reading, it is true but trivial. The unwary listener picks up the glimmer of truth from the second reading, and the devastating importance from the first reading, and thinks, Wow! That's a deepity.

and a couple of examples from the article:

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Love is just a word.
"a silent waiting on the truth, pure sitting and breathing in the presence of the question mark".

Here's my contribution:

Playing music comes from more than the soul.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 22, 2013, 02:30PM »

Saw one in a fortune cookie:

"Do what you think is right, not what you think you should."

Makes me wonder if fortune cookie fortunes might be a good source of deepities.  Clever
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