Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in anti-nuclear demonstrations. Which is more probable? Linda is a bank teller. Linda is a bank teller and is active in the feminist movement.
From The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Volumes 5 and 6 Complete and Unabridged (1967, p66). We were talking about this– the definition of “implication” vs. that of “implicature”— just the other day. And yes. I am well aware that no one besides my loved ones and my own self really cares. But one should care! “Vocabulary and
The neglect of relevant distinctions, when these are important for clear thinking or adequate statement, is ambiguity. R.W. Sellars, The Essentials of Logic (The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1917) And what causes ambiguity? “The basic cause is mental” whatever that means. Only he who is willing o take the trouble to distinguish things and ideas
A little puzzle for you before the evening begins (with help from several crappy old books and that infallible source, Wikipedia, which I draw on below).You are stranded on an island whose residents are either Knaves or Knights. All Knaves are Liars. All Knights are Truth-tellers. You wander the island looking for Freedom, knowing full
Really really good Mr. Big Food reports that, in addition to this recipe (below), he now has recipes for Oven Fried Chicken II, III, IV, and V. As he culls crappy old cookbooks for recipes worthy of inclusion in his Big Food Manual and Survivalist Flourishing Guide, he often finds recipes with the same name,
Mr. Big Food will be thinking more logically than usual for the next few months. Prepare yourselves. “Opinions!?! I don’t want opinions. I want justified assertions,” is what he said in response to a promo for ESPN2765’s half-time coverage of the AT&T Cotton Bowl that he tells me isn’t being played in the Cotton Bowl.