Wednesday, May 04, 2022


Scott Herschovitz wrote in a recent NYT issue (May 3, 2022) of an interesting question posed by his four-year-old son: "Is God real?"

His father turned the question back on the lad: "What do you think?"

He replied: "I think that for real God is pretend and for pretend God is real." His father asks for explanation, and the son says: "God isn't real, but when we pretend, he is."

This is called "fictionalism," Herschovitz tells us (assuming that he has understood his son), and it means that the statement "Dumbledore teaches at Hogwarts" is true because in that fictional world, Dumbledore does teach at Hogwarts.

Similarly, the statement "I teach at Harvard" is true because in my fictional world, I do teach at Harvard. So from now on, I'll introduce myself as follows: "Pleased to meet you. I'm Jeffery Hodges, and I'm a Harvard professor."

The onus is on them to realize that I'm speaking of the fictional world, a world in which I excel in many fields.


At 5:10 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I knew you taught at Harvard even before you knew.

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's according from Intellectual lovers and mostly science and universities, but where are the agnostic and atheists now? Well, some become an idol statues from universities, landmarks cities, geniuses cemeteries for inspiration despite they're all died, but no one can answer why we live and die? Who responsible for everything? Why we are here? What is the purpose of life? Why wickedness continuing? Why we grow and old? Is this life? Some say that the words of "Fictionalism" for continuing education courses for stopping in another search for the "Dimensional Time for Unforeseen Occurrence" and just satisfiability and just enjoy it. Something sinister agenda from the story of the Bible verses of Paradise Lost and Satan the Devil jubilant for Adam & Eve successful in favour to the Tree of Knowledge for delusional being gods as a geniuses deities everything despite mortal creatures and contentment for statues heroes. But in modern times in Agenda 21 with đź’‰Transhumanism another new Fictionalism for the 2030 and we are facing the obsession and eternal dreams of illusions. Well, Welcome Bones Paradise Lost Kingdoms turning Perpetual Curse Worldwide from the Tree of Knowledge for the Rules and Ruins Policy.


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