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Great Moments in Philosophy: Aristotle, Aquinas and Sonic the Hedgehog

I can’t tell if he’s joking, but I don’t think he is as he appears to have put way too much thought into this (which is scary in and of itself):

Another victim of public education or daring philosopher king of the new millennium??1

Juxtapose: likening the fictional (farcical?) elements of an imaginary, blue, anthropomorphic hedgehog borne of the minds of a few Japanese guys looking to sell video games to kids, to the sacredness of the world’s great religions–talk about absolutely, screamingly, desperate for something to believe in.2

Bonus level: read the comments at YouTube where you get the distinct impression that a sizable portion of the respondents, without irony or humor, seem to believe he’s really onto something profound with this discovery for the ages that’s right up there with Bugs Bunny’s contributions to duck hunting and Calvin and Hobbes’ contribution to mud flaps and urinating on Chevy stickers.

h/t: The Wanderer


1 I’m going with smokes a lot of weed for $1000, Alex.
2 As long as it isn’t God or anything that could be construed as an extant, higher power, e.g. Dr.Robotnik (to hell w/ this Eggman nonsense!) good; Jesus bad.

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  1. 05/24/2010 at 21:48

    You hate what you don’t understand. FO SHO!

    • ECM
      05/24/2010 at 21:48

      It’s true! My life is so devoid of meaning that i have to knockdown other peoples’…completely lunatic belief systems.

  2. 05/25/2010 at 00:18

    I needz me sum Pynk Hedfones yo!

    • ECM
      05/25/2010 at 00:20

      Huh, they are pink…weird. (Is it odd that the one thing you pick up on is the dude’s choice in headgear?)

  3. 05/25/2010 at 00:30

    How can you miss them!?! Black kid with giant pink orbs on the side of his head.

  4. 05/25/2010 at 00:34

    I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that you actually wasted synapses and blog-space on this captain of intellect… or that you had nothing better to report on?

    • ECM
      05/25/2010 at 00:37

      Oh man, you must be new around here: I waste space on all manner of things that you’d think wouldn’t be worthy of comment, like, every day. (Like, say, replying to comments like this! Zing!)

  5. 05/25/2010 at 00:51

    Yr right: I am new to yr blog (as a poster) but not to yr wit and uncompromising enthusiasm, which I’ve been a fan of ever since thee used car salesman took credit for yr first contribution to thee annals of US gaming journalism. Oh, and I agree that FFVIII is an overblown piece of teen-angst emo garbage.

    • ECM
      05/25/2010 at 00:55

      I feel like I’m being visited by the ghosts of game magazines past–i can’t remember the last time someone made a used car salesman reference šŸ˜€

      (And you’re using different credentials, so now I’m a bit more curious as to who you are–that and I don’t think the ‘taking credit’ story was ever in wide circ, so unmask yourself, Marley!)

  6. kog3100_edw
    05/25/2010 at 15:37

    It’s me. I’m so excited by sunny weather here I’m splitting off into multiple personalities.

  7. kog3100_edw
    05/25/2010 at 15:39

    Okay. Not really.

  1. 05/25/2010 at 12:48

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