[lit-ideas] Re: Try a Logic Problem

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 20:07:02 -0700

Mike Geary wrote:

Wait, wait!  I must amend my logic:

Running means to run.
Horses run.
Therefore swiftly running horses run.

'Therefore, swiftly running horses run.' This has been accepted as True by all Philosophers since Ancient Times. However, the point of the exercise was to show how the Mind encompasses the Gap between two Propositions other than the ones here displayed.

The Don is a river.
Swiftly flows the Don.
A horse is a horse.
Swiftly run the horses.
Therefore a river is a horse.
Therefore a horse is a river.
Hippo means horse,
Patamos means river.
Therefore horses are hippopotamuses.
So are rivers.
Ergo, hippopotamuses run swiftly.

This poetical argument while of a Pleasing Sort falls prey to the same difficulty as that posed by the metaphysical conjunction of 'Ante' (meaning before) and 'Lope' (meaning to move at a casual pace brisker than a walk) which has led some Scholars into Error, to wit, that of believing that the Antelope is a Beast that must rest before loping, which all Natural Philosophers would admit is Contrary to Reason.

Yours most sincerely,

Robert Paul
Logic at Mutton 2006

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