True story. This morning I'm at the Subway shop on the U.S. Naval hospital base in San Diego. I order my usual veggie sub with everything but spinach, "because spinach is a tool of the devil" as I tell the sandwich girl to amuse myself. (I'm weird that way.)
And then without missing a beat the sandwich girl says to me, "Are you going to make an argument to back up that assertion? Otherwise your statement has no truth value."
WTF!?!?1111!!1!! (in a good way)
My eyebrows just about rose off my head, bested only by a smile that split my face ear to ear. "I love it!" I said. "First, we would have to agree on the existence of the entities in that sentence, which since I said it in jest, I don't," I said. In further conversation she offered that she's taking a philosophy course in critical thinking at San Diego City College and really enjoying it, and trying to apply it to every day life. Outstanding! Excellent! I referred her to San Diego Skeptics in the Pub as a gateway drug and wrote it down so she could tell her whole class about it.
Explicit critical thinking in the wild, randomly at Subway. Today was a good day.
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