Existentialist Lightbulb Joke

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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 04:42 pm
This is not a philosophical discussion, but I figured if there was anyone to get this joke (or probably to have heard it before) it would be people on this thread.

(Please note this joke is not meant as an insult to existentialists or anyone else.)


How many existentialists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Two. One to change the lightbulb and one to observe how the lightbulb symbolizes an incandescent beacon of subjectivity in a netherworld of Cosmic Nothingness.


:a-ok:
 
Kielicious
 
Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 05:05 pm
@BabyBear phil,
I think you've been watching too much criminal minds Wink
 
Strodgers
 
Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 07:31 pm
@BabyBear phil,
I would have said 'Unknown, they have yet to discover the universal meaning of a light bulb.'

(.....What IS the universal meaning of a light bulb?[sorry, just curious])
 
jeeprs
 
Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 08:56 pm
@BabyBear phil,
Zen Buddhist version

Three - one to change it, one not to change it, and the other to neither change nor not change it.
 
BabyBear phil
 
Reply Mon 11 Jan, 2010 12:14 am
@jeeprs,
jeeprs;119086 wrote:
Zen Buddhist version

Three - one to change it, one not to change it, and the other to neither change nor not change it.


That almost sounds like it could be tweaked to be a joke about Schrodinger's cat as well.

I suppose you would just have to say that you wouldn't know whether the lightbulb was changed or not until you open the door (or box).
 
Lost1 phil
 
Reply Fri 5 Feb, 2010 06:52 am
@BabyBear phil,
I love that joke Wink
 
Krumple
 
Reply Fri 5 Feb, 2010 12:06 pm
@BabyBear phil,
How many "fill in the blank" does it take to change a lightbulb?

Blanks:

Procrastinators? One but they will have to do it later.

Nihilists? They refuse to change it because it will just burn out again.

Optimists? They don't want to change the bulb because it might still work.

Realists? As many as it takes to repair the broken filament.

Theists? As many as they can get to pray for it to change.

Manipulators? One, if they can get someone to do it.

Politicians? All of them since there will need to be a vote on the changing policy.

Scientists? Two but they are too busy trying to figure out how it burnt out.

Environmentalists? None, they will just replace it with a candle.

Liars? They don't need to change their bulbs because they never burn out.
 
HexHammer
 
Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 12:14 pm
@Krumple,
Imo:

Siencetists: 1 sponsor, 1-5 researchers, ?=x manufactors. It would take about 10 years since they first have to invite a better alternative then patent it and then mass produce it.

Liars: It didn't burn out, someone flicked the switch
 
William
 
Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:49 pm
@BabyBear phil,
To change a light bulb? Ha, point a finger at it and say "You shouldn't do that anymore"!
That ought a do it.

William
 
Antoine Roquenti
 
Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 05:37 am
@BabyBear phil,
you all probably know this one

How many mensans does it take to change a lightbulb?





One.
 
polpol
 
Reply Fri 26 Mar, 2010 03:20 pm
@Antoine Roquenti,
California version:
It takes three, one to hold the ladder, one to change the lightbulb and another just to share the expereance.
 
Twirlip
 
Reply Fri 26 Mar, 2010 04:50 pm
@BabyBear phil,
BabyBear;118653 wrote:
How many existentialists does it take to change a lightbulb?

None. We are responsible for generating our own light.
 
Baal
 
Reply Fri 26 Mar, 2010 04:54 pm
@BabyBear phil,
It's the same old light bulb.
 
 

 
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