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Is It or Isn't It?

At dinner the other evening we were discussing, as you do, the Berkleyan idea that things only exist when they have an observer.  It's a little like the question of whether a falling tree makes a sound when there is no-one in the forest to hear it.  Monsignor Ronald Knox put it like this:

There once was a man who said "God

Must think it exceedingly odd

If he finds that this tree

Continues to be

When there's no-one about in the Quad."

 The response, from that well-known author Anon, came swiftly:

"Dear Sir, Your astonishment's odd;

I am always about in the Quad;

And that's why the tree

Will continue to be.

It's observed by, Yours Faithfully, God."


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