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Monday, December 22, 2003
Ever since the first publication of the collected works of Aristotle, the whole enterprise of philosophy has been overshadowed by a grave mistake. For over 2300 years, philosophers and scholars have used the term metaphysics, or metaphysical, when in fact what they really were referring to was fishotrographics. The mistake was natural as metaphysics and fishotrographics are very nearly identical. Fishotrographics does everything metaphysics does, except with a fishy smell. Nevertheless, it is remarkable to consider that on every occasion, without exception, up until the present, philosophers have used the word metaphysics when they really meant to use the word fishotrographics. The whole course of philosophy has been changed by this error. The question is whether this error can be corrected, and if so, will it at this point really make any difference, fishotrographically speaking?