Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Magicians, Lev Grossman

"If you find yourself becoming curious about the nature and origins of the magical powers you are slowly and very, very painfully cultivating, remember this famous anecdote about the English philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Russell once gave a public lecture on the structure of the universe. Afterward he was approached by a woman who told him that he was a very clever young man but much mistaken in his thinking, because everyone knew that the world was flat and sat on the back of a turtle.

When Russell asked her what the turtle was standing on, she replied, 'You're very clever, young man, very clever. But it's turtles all the way down!'"

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