Posted by: Mark | June 23, 2014

Book of Questions

Here’s a selection from Gregory Stock’s The Book of Questions:

005 – Would you rather watch an Olympics that outlawed performance-enhancing drugs or one that embraced them and let athletes use medical pit stops to jack up their performances?

SNL did a sketch about this and it looked much more entertaining than regular Olympics. Honestly though, I’ve never watched the Olympics unless the tv was already on and even then I’m never very interested. I really wouldn’t care either way but I’d lean towards the drugs.


006 – How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer?

It wouldn’t bother me. I’ve seen computer-generated paintings that look better than a lot of modern art.


009 – On a typical Sunday, 10,000 people visit the Louvre in Paris. If a wicked sorcerer threatened to vaporize all the museum’s visitors or all of its art, sparing one or the other based on your plea, which would you save? Assume the sorcerer will obliterate both the people and the art if you don’t choose.

1. I’d laugh at the sorcerer because magic doesn’t work.

2. If we lived in a world where magic worked, there should be a counter-spell that would save either the people or the artwork. I would imagine that it would be easier to magically reconstruct the art but it would depend on the magic involved.

3. Instead of a sorcerer, if it was a terrorist, I’d save the people. According to F for Fake, there’s no artwork in existence that hasn’t been duplicated beyond the ability for experts to tell. It would be a loss not to have the originals but we could replace the art so that no one would know the difference.


010 – If your heart were damaged beyond repair but you could regain your health for a few more years by getting a heart transplant from a genetically engineered pig, would you?

Without hesitation. All the while eating genetically engineered bacon.


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