FOM: Does it matter?

G. Aldo Antonelli aantonel at
Fri Apr 24 09:13:03 EDT 1998

At 11:27 AM 4/23/98 -0400, Joseph Shoenfield wrote:
>    When I was a youth, I was somewhat interested in the mind-matter
>problem; but it was finally settled for me by the immortal answer:
>never mind, it doesn't matter.    (Does anyone know the author of
>this remark?)   

I remember reading that Bertrand Russell attributed it to his own
{mother|grandmother|aunt} --- I don't remember which --- and rather than
extinguishing his interest in the mind-body problem, it piqued it. 

But for the life of me I can't pinpoint a precise source.


- Aldo Antonelli
G. Aldo Antonelli		Department of Philosophy
aantonel at		Michigan State University	East Lansing, Michigan

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