Why Socrates?

Visiting Socrates’ Jail Cell

COMMENT:  Dear Martin,

I was watching a documentary about the making of Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ the other night, and the first name considered for the HAL 9000 computer was ‘Socrates’.




REPLY: Interesting. I choose Socrates because he was the smartest man in Greece, but he did not regard himself as such and sought to prove that he was not. The more he tried to prove a negative, the more he proved he was smartest man and thus they killed him for being smart.

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