Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A logical analysis of "alternative facts"


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For about 25 centuries of science and logic, a fact remains undisputed.

Thus,

"2+2 =4,"
"Water boils at 100 ºc,"
"Donald Trump is the 45th president of the USA,"
"John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman,"

are facts.

Then we have the aerial photo comparison (above). And this is White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's declaration:
This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.
Fact check: certainly not "in person."

In a second press conference Spicer comes back to defend the conjunction.

Ok, let's make "in person" = p and "around the globe" = q

We get (p & q)

but p is clearly false, so, the conjunction (p & q) is automatically false.

No alternative.

4 comments:

The Mike said...

Unless one argues that he was using popular parlance to add p and q together to get a total "V" (Viewership), but I don't think that was his intent. I guess that makes this a false argument.

Alfredo Triff said...

True, The Mike, that was his intent, but I felt like giving logic a chance.

Susana Soler said...

P is false. But in total, views over the Internet wether computer or mobile device and tv views plus in person totals to the most viewed inauguration. Some people say that the left is more passionate about going to events and get exited about the celebration and people in the right just want to get it done and move on. Maybe events of the left usually have more in person attendees . Would make sense since they are always so fired up and ready to go

atRifF said...

Some people say that the left is more passionate about going to events and get exited about the celebration and people in the right just want to get it done and move on.

My dear Susana, there are no "left" or "right" facts. There are, well, plain facts. I will momentarily suspend "total" viewership only & exclusively because of you. :)