Mark Twain on various issues

First on conscience

If I had the remaking of man, he wouldn’t have any conscience. It is one of the most disagreeable things connected with a person, and although it certainly does a great deal of good, it cannot be said to pay, in the long run; it would be much better to have less good and more comfort.

On how we are generally alike

If you were to strip the nation naked and send a stranger through the crowd, he couldn’t tell the king from a quack doctor nor a duke from a hotel clerk

just for laughs

Mark Twain wrote, in one of his many books, that

There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages

and Trevor Noah has written

if you are a Native American and pray to the wolves, you are a savage, if you are African and you pray to your ancestors, you are primitive but if when white people pray to a guy who turns water into wine, well, that’s just common sense.

And that fellow, Veracious Poet, who I disagree with most of the time, did ask

am I the only one who thinks it’s funny that a Jew died for the love of Africans?

a dedication to my friends who don’t like philosophers

you know who you are. I understand your frustrations sometimes, I really do and this is one of the times I really feel you my friends.

THIS PROPOSITION IS NOT TRUE.
IS IT TRUE OR NOT?
Suppose it true. Suppose it not true.
Then, Then,
The proposition is true; It is not true;
But, that it is not true is the proposition: [Ergo,] It is true that it is not true.
[Ergo,] That it is not true is true; But, the proposition is that it is not true.
[Ergo,] It is not true. [Ergo,] The proposition is true.
Besides, Besides,
It is true. The proposition is not true.
[Ergo,] It is true that it is true; But that it is not true is the proposition.
[Ergo,] It is not true that it is not true; [Ergo,] That it is not true, is not true;
But, the proposition is that it is not true, [Ergo,] That it is true, is true;
[Ergo,] The proposition is not true. [Ergo,] It is true.
[Ergo,] Whether it is true or not, it is both true and not.
[Ergo,] It is both true and not,
which is absurd.

i have been thinking

a lot this last few days. You see I have been between being idle and busy and several questions crossed my mind. Yes, I know atheism can’t answer them but that is the least of my worries as many of you of already know.

I would love your contributions in answering this questions and you are free to add your puzzles as well

1. who decided that a horse should be a horse and not a donkey

2. how did the first heterosexual organisms know how to have sex?

3. the first people who began to communicate, how did they develop language? do you think it is adults or infants who are responsible for the development of language

4. who decided what animals are edible and which are not

5. how tribes/ countries named