[lit-ideas] Re: Back to Popper (and further back to Hume)

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 22:08:51 EST

This begs for a screen play...
Julie Krueger

========Original  Message========     Subj: [lit-ideas] Re: Back to Popper 
(and further back to Hume)  Date: 11/23/2006 5:20:06 P.M. Central Standard Time 
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Inside the third box should be an arrest  warrant for your 
interlocutor. The Crime? Mistreating swans by putting them  
in boxes.

Perhaps the authorities ignored that first white swan in  the 
box, but the attempt to put "all swans" in the third box was 
so far  over the top that a warrant was issued.

Strange that the man who gave the  proposition and the boxes 
isn't around. {ring-ring} Oh now he wants you to  post bail 
for him. Some friends you have! All they do is give you  
propositions and boxes. When you opened the first box, an 
angry swan  scrambled out, biting you about the forearms. 
You're still bleeding as you  apply antiseptics and bandages. 
And where are you going to get the bail  money?

Another friend comes by with three boxes. He claims the bail  
money is in one of the boxes, but you must determine which 
one by  analyzing these three propositions ...

"Get out!" you scream, "Get  out!"


You are given a proposition: "All swans  are white".

You are given three boxes to test the proposition.

You  open Box 1: in it is a white swan.

Box 2: is empty.

Box 3: you are  not allowed to open. Until, that is, you have 
found a way to say _as a  probability_ what should _probably_ 
be in the  box.

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