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*[[Randall]] himself uploaded the strip's fourth panel to {{w|Wikimedia Commons}} ([http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xkcd_philosophy.png here]) for use on {{w|xkcd|''xkcd's'' Wikipedia article}}. xkcd is licenced under [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ this] {{w|Creative Commons license}}, which is incompatible with [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ this] CC license that Wikipedia uses, because the latter allows commercial use. Randall says {{w|Talk:Primer (film)|here}} that he is willing to unlock more strips to Commons for similar purposes.
 
*[[Randall]] himself uploaded the strip's fourth panel to {{w|Wikimedia Commons}} ([http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xkcd_philosophy.png here]) for use on {{w|xkcd|''xkcd's'' Wikipedia article}}. xkcd is licenced under [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ this] {{w|Creative Commons license}}, which is incompatible with [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ this] CC license that Wikipedia uses, because the latter allows commercial use. Randall says {{w|Talk:Primer (film)|here}} that he is willing to unlock more strips to Commons for similar purposes.
*The Super Soaker appears again in [[517: Marshmallow Gun]], this time by Megan, as retaliation against Cueball for using the marshmallow gun on her.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 06:46, 4 September 2014

Philosophy
It's like the squirt bottle we use with the cat.
Title text: It's like the squirt bottle we use with the cat.

Explanation

In all of philosophy, perhaps the most important question considers the meaning of life, and can be expressed as "Why are we here?" or "What does it all mean?" Many philosophers and theologians have attempted to answer the question over the course of human history and every religion claims to have some sort of answer.

Megan has been considering that the question is essentially meaningless. However, if that is true, she can't understand why it continues to be in her thoughts. This might feel frustrating for Megan. Her friends notice that she is seemingly stuck in this existential question and have a short-term solution for her. One friend reaches for a Super Soaker, a powerful toy squirt gun, presumably to use to spray water at Megan.

The title text refers to the operant conditioning technique (a form of behavioral modification) commonly used with house cats. If they start scratching the furniture, many people spray them with a squirt bottle (since they hate water) to discourage that behavior (though it seldom works).

Transcript

[Megan sits on chair, thinking.]
[Two panels pass, Megan does not move.]
Megan: If the question of what it all means doesn't mean anything, why do I keep coming back to it?
[Two boys are talking to each other.]
Cueball: She's getting existential again.
Friend: It's okay, I have a super soaker.
[Friend pulls a large super soaker from a drawer.]

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Discussion

I've learned that if you are coming back to the same question over and over again, perhaps there is a lesson to learn there that you've missed. And when I ask myself "What it all means?", I realize that the lessons I've learned in life have shown me that I simply need to be the best human being I can and enjoy my personal adventure through this thing we call life. -- ‎E-inspired (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

That Megan's friends intend to shoot Megan with the soaker is obvious. The explanation is not incomplete because we don't spell that out. Please do not add the incomplete-template without a better reason. –St.nerol (talk) 13:48, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

This is only obvious after reading the title text and the main joke here. Why this should be banned from the explain? And it was even not obvious to you, your statement a few hours ago did mention that Megan would use the super soaker...--Dgbrt (talk) 16:45, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
Ah, so maybe you meant that the title text is the key to the last panel (and not the other way around)? I think it's very obvious that they are shooting Megan, and yes, I thought that from the start. You stated in the edit summary "Megan doesn't plan to use that super soaker against cats.", and I meant to ask: Why would anyone think that in the first place? –St.nerol (talk) 18:37, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
Sorry, but look at your own edit comments in the history. I did refer to this.--Dgbrt (talk) 19:16, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
I know. Now I clarified what I meant. Do you understand? –St.nerol (talk) 20:32, 7 August 2013 (UTC)


There is a community portal discussion of what to call Cueball and what to do in case with more than one Cueball. I have added this comic to the new Category:Multiple Cueballs. In this case there is no reason to call one Cueball and the other friend. It could easily be the other way. So I have changed to remove Cueball.--Kynde (talk) 12:43, 16 March 2015 (UTC)