Like most people, professional philosophers get bored sometimes. Recently, a bunch of bored philosophers got so bored they spent some time trying to match famous philosophers throughout history with their celebrity lookalikes. And some of them are actually freakishly accurate.
Washington University at Saint Louis professor Brian Talbot started the matching game, which expanded quickly to Daily Nous, a great news site covering the philosophy profession. Justin Weinberg, the University of South Carolina professor who runs the site, agreed to let Vox reprint some of the results, which are below. Here, for instance, check out how much Scottish Enlightenment great David Hume resembles comedian John Lovitz:
Dashing libertarian political philosopher Robert Nozick looks like George Clooney:
Young Ayn Rand (who isn't really a philosopher, but whatever) is a dead ringer for Elizabeth Moss:
If they ever make a movie about French poststructural luminary Michel Foucault, John Malkovich should be at the top of the casting list:
Weirdly, Zach Galifianakis looks like a bust of Socrates:
And it's pretty hard to tell who here is 20th century British philosopher Bernard Williams and who's the late Law and Order and Broadway star Jerry Orbach:
There's a lot — I mean, really a lot — more over at Daily Nous. Go check it out.