There’s a great Canadian radio show on CBC called “This is That”, you know, the kind of show that if you land on it by accident, you get caught up listening, and then you go, “no, they can’t be serious!” because it sounds like it might be serious but then you realize that it’s not I was looking for a thread to talk about inconsequential consequences and consequential inconsequences, and then thought, well, maybe Inifinite Commons needs a humor thread, so I decided to create one. But really it’s an excuse to say “Happy New Year” to everyone at Infinite Commons.
It is true, however, and perhaps interesting to this community, that a colleague and I are working on a book project which we’ve tentatively titled “All That Isn’t…(Elephant!)”. The title is based on one of the elephant jokes I grew up with as a child. These were very popular for a while. The joke goes, “how to make a sculpture of an elephant?”, and the answer is “you take a very large block of stone and you cut away all that isn’t elephant”. So our book is an attempt to grapple with the issue of what is singular about identity, and the way we are tackling this issue is by trying to describe all the characteristics that aren’t singular, since talking about the singular per se is rather difficult. So that’s an example of in/consequential discussion. Let’s see what else comes up here!