Know thy past and you’ll know thy future.
This is what makes history so valuable. If we presume that history repeats itself, knowledge of the past will help us brace for what comes next (Yes, there are lots of problems with this theory, but that’s a discussion for another day).
The problem is, how do we really know what is true from the past, and what isn’t?
There will always be some skeptic out there that will keep repeating the most intellectually lazy show stopper of all — “I’m not convinced.” I heard a physicist recently claim that he’s not sure “causation” exists, that we cannot know causes. He thinks the best we can hope for is correlation. Hum.
Speaking of real life skeptics, a friend of mine has been a judge for a couple of terms and he believes that he is the only conscious being on Earth. To him, it cannot be proven, ever, that beings other than himself are actually conscious. He only knows for certain that there is one conscious being; himself. Yes, he probably plucked his position straight out of a first year philosophy class, but for whatever reason, its stuck.
As a defense attorney, I absolutely love-love-love a good skeptic.
Remember when R & B singer R. Kelly was accused of making (staring in) 21 counts child pornography for a video showing him, allegedly, having sex and urinating all over a teenage girl? This sort of accusation brought out the best in comedians like Dave Chappelle. Chappelle did a sketch where the prosecutors were trying to pick R. Kelly’s jury, and after seeing the video, Chappelle still wasn’t convinced. You must see this sketch, it is priceless, but here’s the exchange:
PROSECUTOR: Mr. Chappelle, what would it take to convince you that R. Kelly is guilty?
DAVE CHAPPELLE: Okay, I’d have to see a video of him singing “Pee On You,” two forms of government ID, a police officer there to verify the whole thing, four or five of my buddies and Neal taking notes, and R. Kelly’s grandma to confirm his identity. Continue Reading