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The Laughing Philosopher


1. Given to incessant or idiotic laughter.

“The latest interview with Errol Flynn on the subject of his marriage affairs doesn’t inspire me to pat my hands in behalf of abderian actor and bistro brawler.” Oakland Tribune (1941), Wood Soanes.

There once was a philosopher named Democritus. He was hugely influential in Ancient Greece and is best known today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe. He was a philosopher up there with the greats. And he was born in Abdera in Thrace, a major Ancient Greek area in southeast Europe. Today, the region is split between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Abdera was a massively important and major Greek city, and it is from where we get the word abderian. But how does Democritus fit in to this story?

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