Re: Thoughts and Perceptions

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    On Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at 10:21 , Ned Wolpert wrote:

    > the representation of
    > facts creates the memes... and the memes are more 'fun' when the facts
    > are slightly off.

    Precisely. And again, I post...

       `You are sad,' the Knight said in an anxious tone: `let me
    sing you a song to comfort you.'

       `Is it very long?' Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal
    of poetry that day.

       `It's long,' said the Knight, `but very, VERY beautiful.
    Everybody that hears me sing it -- either it brings the TEARS
    into their eyes, or else -- '

       `Or else what?' said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden

       `Or else it doesn't, you know. The name of the song is called

       `Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?' Alice said, trying to
    feel interested.

       `No, you don't understand,' the Knight said, looking a little
    vexed. `That's what the name is CALLED. The name really IS "THE

       `Then I ought to have said "That's what the SONG is called"?'
    Alice corrected herself.

       `No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The SONG is
    called "WAYS AND MEANS": but that's only what it's CALLED, you

       `Well, what IS the song, then?' said Alice, who was by this
    time completely bewildered.

       `I was coming to that,' the Knight said. `The song really IS
    "A-SITTING ON A GATE": and the tune's my own invention.'

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