Adventures in Ethics and Science

In a frequently recycled list of proposed New Year’s resolutions, Ann Landers urges:

Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep.

However, she fails to advise a course of action in the case that you think you might not be able to live up to this vow.

(Maybe she was too busy trying to construct a set containing sets that are not members of themselves.)


  1. #1 Craig Pennington
    December 31, 2008

    As a huge fan of A.N. Whitehead & B. Russell, as well Kurt Gödel, I wish you a happy new year! (You do lose a point or two for the parenthetical remark.)

  2. #2 M T Cicero
    January 2, 2009

    Of course, Janet, you know exactly what she meant, and are pedantically applying the wrong tool for the job. Smug self-satisfaction is so addictive. PS: no one writes to you for personal advice. Jealous?

  3. #3 M T Cicero
    January 2, 2009

    Your gratuitous, self-serving remarks are unkind. You know exactly what she meant. Honesty is another ethical responsibility of the well-educated. Shame on you.

  4. #4 Pat Cahalan
    January 3, 2009

    That is too funny.

  5. #5 haruspex
    January 3, 2009

    um, I thought Janet was making a, you know, joke. A philosophy joke — maybe that’s oxymoronic?

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