This is something gabbled at me by an old dragon of a Maths teacher many moons ago. She also predicted me a D at GSCE (Serves me right for disliking her son I guess) but I got 'A's at GCSE, AO and A level so shows how much you knew Mrs A!
Anyway the phrase isn't just used in the context of a personal vendetta against fearful students. Apparently it's part of an ancient Arabic proverb:
He who knows not and knows not he knows not: he is a fool-shun him.
Updated 4th February 2010 at 03:08 PM by Matt
On the subject of religion, I openly admit I am confused. Perhaps confused in the wrong word - undecided might be better. Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion classifies people’s belief in a deity on a sliding scale from the religious devout to the absolute atheist. On this sliding scale, I guess I sit somewhere towards the atheist but overall, if religion where likened to British politics, I would probably have to sit with the Liberal Democrats.
Convention would therefore
It is true that some plants contain pharmacologically-active substances and on that basis, perhaps there is some utility in herbal remedies. Closer examination however, reveals that not only are many of the claims of the herbalist very spurious, there are hidden and pernicious dangers.
Off all the Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM), from homeopathy to urine therapy, perhaps the one that might have some basis of rationality is herbal medicine. Plants have evolved an array
Customer: Hello, what do you sell here?
Me: That depends who you are exactly
Customer: Me? Oh I'm just a middle aged woman with the usual mild anxieties.
Me: Oh well then I sell pills and natural herbal remedies that can redress the imbalances behind numerous health problems.
Customer: So medicine then.
Me: If you like, yeah in a manner of speaking. How about you call it the alternative to medicine.
Customer: Alternative Medicine! Brilliant! I've just realised
Updated 8th January 2010 at 02:58 PM by Matt
I've always been a big fan of Peter Hurkos (1911 - 1988), obviously not because he was a "psychic detective" (indeed he was the very first ever psychic detective) but because he was so spectacularly crap at being a psychic. I started a thread about him on the UK-S forum but it didn't get much interest so I'm hoping a blog entry here will spread the word and that some of you will enjoy reading about him.
Randi's encyclopaedia entry on him is here: http://www.randi.org/encyclopedia/Hurkos,%20Peter.html