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Is This A Poll?

Surrealist artist Rene Magritte famously presented a painting of a smoker’s pipe with the words ‘This is not a pipe’ written under it. This makes me question whether any question with a limited set of optional answers, ie, yes r no, amounts to a poll. Would you like a cup of coffee? Well answering that might result in you getting a coffee or not while a poll may not generate direct rewards. Political opinion polls on voting trends in elections and referendums are not the election result itself. Similarly, my poll question, If it is a poll question at all, and not a philosophical conceit, isn’t going to change the universe whatever you vote. Arthur Chappell #poll #voting #Magritte #surrealism #opinion #opinion

Is This A Poll? Yes It is

6 votes / 54% 6 votes / 54 %

Is This A Poll? No, it isnt

1 votes / 9% 1 votes / 9 %

Who cares

0 votes / 0% 0 votes


4 votes / 36% 4 votes / 36 %
This poll has received 11 vote(s) so far.

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MegL wrote on January 15, 2015, 6:24 AM

I had to think about that. The Ceci n'est pas une pipe, was correct because the painting was a representation of a pipe, not the pipe itself, however, I could vote in this poll, therefore it is a poll, not a representation of one. My head hurts now so I think I will have a coffee!

BodieMor wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:30 AM

Beginning to burn out on PP for the moment, I will just agree with MegL 's response, and go have a coffee myself! emoticon :grin:

oneoveralpha wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:55 AM

You should have just left it as Yes or No, but giving more options you made it more ... poll-ish.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 15, 2015, 5:19 PM

This might be a poll. Then again, it might not be a poll. I think the answer lies somewhere along the continuum of what is is.