Thursday, January 13, 2011
There's been a bunch of discussion over at Leiter about whether it is possible, given their respective timelines, for Hitler and Wittgenstein to have appeared in this gradeschool photo together that boils down to "maybe, maybe not." But the thing that stands out to me is that Hitler's adult features are strikingly present in a way that is super-duper creepy, while the "Wittgenstein" looks not even a little bit like Wittgenstein. Nothing. I don't see the resemblance at all. Does anyone see even the slightest resemblance between that kid and the adult Wittgenstein?
I mean, I see why you'd think that the Hitler kid was Hitler. But what was the basis for thinking that the "Wittgenstein" kid was Wittgenstein in the first place? It can't be the compelling resemblance, right?
I think it's just made-up bullshit.