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Strip #92 — Friday, January 12, 2007
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Notes, Thoughts, &c.

Ben's Notes

Some of our readers may take issue with the portrayal of Socrates as a villain. That's all well and good, but I put it to you, dear reader: is it not the case that Socrates was villainous in nature?

Reader: Surely he was, Ben.

And would you agree that one who is villainous is, by definition, a villain?

Reader: To doubt that would be madness.

Then does it not follow that Socrates was in fact a villain?

Reader: Now I see clearly; you have pointed out the error of my ways.

Lewis's Notes

I was as surprised as anyone that it is logically necessary that Socrates is the paradigm case of a villain. That's the beauty of doing a discovered comic. You learn a lot of things that you might have thought were empirical in the process of making it.

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