A theory that that is consistent with everything explains nothing

Yesterday’s Get Fuzzy cartoon:

h/t: Jon

15 Comments

  1. blitz442
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    If you pray to the clipboard, and I pray to God, would the results be any different statistically?

  2. J. P. Masterson
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Best laugh I’ve had today.

  3. Posted June 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Is that libertarian free will, or compatabilist free will?

  4. Steve
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Is the theory that we don’t have free will inconsistent with something? Or does it suffer from the same objection.

  5. corio37
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    It’s obviously Buridan’s Clipboard:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buridan's_ass

  6. Posted June 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it WANTS to go to one of them but it can’t for some reason.

    • the Siliconopolitan
      Posted June 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      And spiders hear through their legs.

  7. Posted June 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    “A theory that that is consistent with everything explains nothing”
    My big objection to creationism – it explains not only everything about the way the Universe is (“God wanted it that way”) but any other Universe, possible or im-.

  8. Neil
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    What about a theory that is consistent with nothing, like the biblical “theory” of creation?

  9. Dawn Oz
    Posted June 13, 2012 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    This is trivialising the notion of ‘free will’ and is not a parallel situation.

  10. Posted June 13, 2012 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on thewordpressghost and commented:
    Everyone,

    Here is an adorable cartoon!

    Ghost

  11. jose
    Posted June 13, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Clipboards don’t have free will, therefore humans don’t have it either.


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