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Comment author: Philip_C. 03 October 2007 08:26:05PM 0 points [-]

The phrase "everything is connected", I agree, is too general to be helpful in anyway.

For example, say "Everything" implies all things. Then, "is connected," being any way that these things relate to one another. By thinking of any example "thing" it is then connected to any other "thing" by the simple fact you know about both of them.

Thus, "deep truths" (which I take to mean something that is a general truth and often hidden beneath some reality) are often just generalizations about truths we take for granted already. Thus, they really cease to be helpful.

Comment author: pnrjulius 05 May 2012 09:51:23PM 0 points [-]

Certainly most of the things that have been called "deep truths" are really just clever sayings. Often they are Dennettian deepities---trivial in one reading and absurd in another.