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Monday, March 23, 2015

Elephants in the room

Bertrand Russell, when giving a lecture about the evidence of the senses, asked if anyone could seriously doubt that there were no elephants in the room. Wittgenstein, who was in the audience, said that he could and, after the lecture, the two of them were to be seen crawling about on all fours looking under tables and behind chairs trying to establish whether or not there were in fact any eephants lurking there.

- told by Mary Furness; Times Literary Supplement, December 3, 1976 (p.1518)

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