Saturday, March 17, 2012
The tease line is interesting, because we often have this false question of duality in philosophy. For example, "Do we have free will or are we genetically programmed to act the way we do." or "Is a criminal responsible for his actions, or is he genetically programmed to behave that way." The logical error boils down to stating the question using what is termed the "exclusive OR" as opposed to "AND/OR". In other words, both propositions can be true. Here are some other "tease lines" in the same catagory. Stay tuned to find out:
"Is your stomach pain real or do you just have an irritated lining?"
"Do you really see that painting you love, or is your retina just sending impulses to your cortex?"
"Do we really have a philosophy club or just a bunch of people who like to exercise their intellects?" Interpreting "or" as "and/or" rather than "exclusive or" solves these difficulties. Arf. Arf.