Friday, July 20, 2007

The Philosopher’s Dilemma

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Everything is true, for a given meaning of truth

Nothing is true, for a given meaning of truth



Take your pick.


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10 comments:

ADW said...

I am nowhere near smart enough to attempt to figure that one out. Instead I would like to point out that both my shoes and my skirt are fabulous today and I paired them with a black T-shirt.

Random thoughts from a shallow mind.

Brave Astronaut said...

Is it just as important to know that wherever you go, there you are?

BStrong said...

Everything is false, for a given meaning of false

Nothing is false, for a given meaning of false

I suppose we must understand the meaning.

Mary Witzl said...

I've been stuggling with this one for a good two days now, Kim. And I give up! I'm too superficial to understand!

Part of me wants to blame this on my shoulder, which has been so bad that I finally had to give in and have a steroid injection. I would like to think that that's temporarily eaten up some of my smarts. But no -- I probably couldn't have gotten this even if I'd had plenty of sleep and no injection.

Enlighten me and put me out of my misery.

SafeTinspector said...

Both! Wait...no, NEITHER!
Oh, crap, I messed it up again.

BStrong said...

A) Everything is true, for a given meaning of truth

A) Nothing is true, for a given meaning of truth


Take your pick.

I'll pick (A)

Kim Ayres said...

Ah well, this clearly isn't going to be one of those posts that gains 40 comments. I'll have to stick up a cute video of the kids or something.

One of the things about this post is that I can, with great ease, argue for either of these statements. It's all in the definitions and narratives.

I'm afraid it's not a puzzle, like the sphynx's riddle.

In fact, at the point I first realised the truth of both of these statements, it was more a deep cry from the heart at the senselessness of the universe.

But it can also be used in one of those Buddhist-style meditation things, if you are so inclined

savannah said...

it's one of those yes moments...


(and now i'll go and think)

justin barker said...

Um, do I really have to choose?
Sounds like a false dilemma to me.

Kim Ayres said...

If you can choose one, you can choose anything in between