Childrens' Book Philosophy 14: Semiotics, observer bias and teleology in Winnie the Pooh

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Winnie-the-Pooh sat down at the foot of the tree, put his head between his paws and began to think. First of all he said to himself, "that buzzing-noise means something. You don't get a buzzing-noise like that, just buzzing and buzzing, without its meaning something. If there's a buzzing-noise, somebody's making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you're a bee."

Then he thought for another long time, and said: "And the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey."

And then he got up, and said: "And the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it."

- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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