Everything in the world is either a banana, or it is NOT a banana.
This one is from many, many moons ago when I was first introduced to the study of logic in a first year uni philosophy class. It was the first time that I understood that education wasn't to teach one facts, 'ology's or 'ism's, but that it was to teach us how to think. I learned thinking wasn't just whatever random zots passed through my brain, but that thinking as a discipline required some training in the methodology of logical progression, argument, and construction.
I also learned over the years that you cannot use logic when dealing with irrational people, non-thinkers, emoters, or people who use the verb 'to feel' as a synonym of 'to think'.
" I feel that the fixed link bridge to the mainland will cause great hardship to the lesser -striped dung beetle."Do you 'feel' that this is so? Or, do you, as a result of reading documentation, factual reports, and scientific journals, THINK that this is so? If this is what you feel then I am not in the slightest bit interested, heretical though this may be in this age of touchy-feely. If you have actually thought it through (and are not just gushing forth with a sound-byte from a television interview) then I am happy to hear you out and if what you say has merit, I will adjust my own thinking accordingly. See the difference?
Let's go back to that banana. I have introduced this many times as a topic of argument, and been amused at how many people just 'feel' that this is incorrect although there is no way to argue it successfully.
" But what if it's a chair? "
" Then it isn't a banana is it? "
" Okay but if it's a plantain, it is pretty much a banana. "
" Yet it is NOT a banana."
" Okay, what about if it is in a fruit bowl?"
" Then it is a banana in a bowl of fruit. You are a moron."It is simple, elegant, beautiful, and obvious, therefore emoters and feelers really hate it.
Do I have feelings? You bet I do. However, those 'feelings' should not colour or bias my logical thought processes, but only my emotional processes. I can have feelings about the results of logical thought though.
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This makes me feel quite depressed indeed. I think I had better go and get some ice cream.