Ontological Lapsometer
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Walker Percy's novel Love in the Ruins, published in 1971, tells the story of Dr. Thomas More, a psychiatrist, an alcoholic, a womanizer, a self-described "bad Catholic," and possibly a genius. Dr. More has invented a device which he calls More's Qualitative Quantitative Ontological Lapsometer, which he describes as a "stethoscope of the soul," to be used for "bridging the dread chasm between body and mind that has sundered the soul of Western man for five hundred years."

Too bad such a device does not really exist. So, we'll have to do it the old fashioned way, by reading and thinking.

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