Some days, it is probably better not to share one’s thoughts.
As I sat daydreaming positively at my desk, I wondered how my search for truth was coming along.
I know, I’ll search for truth on Google!
This turns out to be the worst idea I have had all day: I get “about 57,300,000 results (0.07 seconds)”. Perhaps I need to refine my search?
Anyway, here is the screenshot:
This reminds me of how I used to search the internet for words in context when all that was available were 28 bps modems. Does anyone remember the days when you could only have one Internet page open at any one time? And how you could click on a link, go and make coffee and drink half of it before the page loaded? And then it was the wrong page?
Yes, children, this is all true.
So, let’s summarise page 1 of the results:
- We have an advert for God – or thoughts about God. Fair enough.
- Wiki is at the top of the pile – again. That never used to be the case.
- How come cigarettes are relevant to everything – even truth?
- Fourth in line: a dictionary definition. Actually, one of my favourite online dictionaries. The Visual Thesaurus® is on my wish list.
- Another favourite: hardware stores, but not relevant to my current search for truth.
- I did not know that there was a Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I wonder if it has been published in hard copy? It would make an excellent coffee-table, all on its own, I should think. A coffee-table upon which to stack coffee-table books. :)
- Free Merriam Webster. 23 entries found. That sure beats the 57.3 million options Google gave me.
- I can use my own BS-detector to figure out the bona fides of a forwarded e-mail, thanks all the same.
Quite plainly, page 1 of this particular Google search has not been fruitful from the point of landing truth at my doorstep, so to speak. Note to self: save the Stanford link for a very rainy day.
Who was it who said that “the truth is out there; you just have to find it”?
I am off to read something thought-provoking now!