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Re: [ontolog-forum] Model or Reality

To: Ontolog <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 13:10:29 -0500
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> CM: To the contrary, we have ample facts to warrant the judgment
>     that Pat's lunch partner is irrational (with respect to his
>     belief about what his god expected of him):
> CM: 1. He believes he is obligated to kill Rushdie and would
>        in fact do so if presented the opportunity.
> CM: 2. Either he is certain about his obligation to kill Rushdie
>        or he is not.
> CM: 3. If he is certain, then he is irrational, as it is impossible
>        to have certain knowledge about what invisible beings expect
>        of us.
> CM: 4. If he is not certain, then he is irrational, as he willing
>        to commit murder on the basis of a belief (namely, that he
>        is obligated to kill Rushdie) that he does not know with
>        any certainty to be true.
> CM: Either way, Pat's lunch partner is irrational.
> Let us extrapolate CM 3 to a general premiss of fallibility:
> 3.  Any human being who thinks to be certain about anything is  
> irrational.
> Extracting the general rules of the other premisses,
> we have just established that all war is irrational.
> That seems like enough work for one week ...
> The (Dept. of) Defense Rests --
> TGIF !!!    (01)

I'm down with your conclusions, but of course your "general premiss  
of fallibility" neither follows from nor is assumed by my argument.    (02)

-c    (03)

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