Philosophers truly appreciate the profound nature of life’s deep questions. As a result, they are still struggling with the same questions that have been asked for millennia. Thus, they are the objects of ridicule on the part of scientists, who have less patience with such lack of progress. For example, consider the age-old question: If a tree falls in a forest, and there is no one around to hear, does it make a sound?
Philosophers of antiquity posed this question, and there is still no philosophical consensus as to what the answer should be. But ask a scientist the same question, and he’ll go off for short while, apply for a grant or two, and come back saying, “Well, we’ve solved it for elm and birch, but we’re still working on the general case”!