A university professor called the class to order before
beginning a rather unusual class in philosophy. After all the
students have taken their seats and the normal introductory
pleasantries of the day had been exchanged the professor
stood up from his desk and moved his chair to an open area
at the front of the classroom.
Walking to the white board at the front of the room he wrote,
“Prove this chair does not exist.”
Students immediately began writing lengthy philosophical
explanations using in-depth thought processes. The
professor was pleased as he watched the faces of his
students deliberate thoughtfully as they put their opinions to
paper. As he glanced around the room he saw determination
and their facial expressions and he could tell this exercise
was going to produce great papers.
However he could not help to notice one student was not
writing at all.
The professor thought, “Could he have no opinion?” He could
not help but wonder if he had failed the student.
At the next class professor handed out the graded papers.
He paused when he got to the desk of the student for which
he had not been able to observe any answer being written on
He smiled before quietly commenting, “this was the best
Student sitting nearby and also noticed the lack of writing
being done by this young mind.
“He barely wrote anything aside from his name on the
paper,” thought one student.
With the students did not know was that the essay turned in
at only two words on it, “What chair?”
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