Potent Quotables

I started off with language: How does language relate to reality? People can say, “You’ve said something true or false, or relevant, or irrelevant, or intelligent or stupid”–and that’s a remarkable fact. In the style of philosophy, we ought to be astounded by what any sane person takes for granted, namely that by flapping this hole in my face and making noises I can give a lecture, or advance a thesis, or convince people, or all the other things you can do with language.

– John Searle, Reason interview

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