with due apologies to Socrates and
Very few people, indeed, have heard of the Classical Erisian Chaosophers. This
may be because they wrote in an ancient Greek version of disappearing ink, but
it is more likely because they were only recently invented. Don't let this
prejudice you; many a fictitious character has said something of great
importance (to say nothing of the pithy truths that ventriloquist dummies have
provided) that the author (or ventriloquist) would never have come up with on
his own or be caught dead saying.
In this case, of course, it's just more of my silliness trying to move fast
enough to look like a crowd. (Hell, if
can do it, so can I.)
I also like the idea of appealing to the authority of the ancient technique
of appealing to ancient authorities to defend one's ideas. Go figure.
Here's a list of the Erisian Dialogues (``dialogue,'' by the way, is ancient
Greek for ``talking for two days,'' regardless of what modern dictionaries say.
This should come as no particular surprise to anyone who has ever read one)
that I've unearthed thus far, linked in that paper-doll Next Back
format. It's a little more linear than I like to be, but it'll do.