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  • "Philosopher" is a word that a lot of people don't use, and when they do, they envision either an old guy with suede patches on his elbows sitting in a musty university office, surrounded by books, smoking a pipe, and talking about Aristotle, or they envision a young man not yet graduated from university, wearing beat-up t-shirts and long hair in a ponytail, sitting with his legs crossed on the lawn, talking about "the system."

    As to Madness of George III, well, many people go to movies without really know
    • Another reason that has mentioned to me on occasion is that most Americans don't know that George III was the full title of the king who fought the war of independence. Apparently you mostly just refer to him as King George (ignoring the other five Georges).

      • You mean there was more than that one? :-)

        Here's an American view of the British Monarchy, from the post-roman era to the present:

        • Arthur, King of the Britons
        • King John
        • King Richard the Lionhearted
        • King Henry VIII
        • Queen Elizabeth
        • Queen Victoria
        • King George (III, presumably)
        • King someone (the King who became a Duke, married that American woman and ate at Maxim's a lot)
        • King someone (QEII's father, brother of Someone I)
        • Queen Elizabeth II
        • Diana, Prince of Whales
        • I think one or two monarchs are missing..

        • You say that as though it's a bad thing ... that is, I consider it a *virtue* that I know little about British royalty. :-) We have a long history here of disrespecting royalty, especially the British kind, don't make us stop now.
          • Don't worry, I have no intention of stopping you. I can disrespect the British Monarchy as well as any of you :)
            • Yeah, but at least you do them the courtesy of not being completely ignorant about them. :-)
        • Yeah, you forgot King Ralph. :P

          It's not like most of us Americans can remember our own "royalty" all that well, either -- I'd bet money less than 50% of the population can correctly order the Presidents. (Myself included...history used to irritate me because it was so lackadaisically bounded.)


          You are what you think.
          • OK, here it goes:

            George Washington, Monroe Doctrine, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Andrew Johnson, Teddy Roosevelt, Mr. Wilson [], Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Richard Nixon, Henry Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Al Haig, Ronald Reagan, Charles Philip Arthur George Bush, William George Clinton, George W. Bush


      • That's probably true. I would have guessed George III, but would not have been absolutely sure, because I have no real context: I don't know anything about the other Georges. So the "III" is, to me, just a number. And I was not a math major.