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Re: Paradox: NO OPPRESSION IN AMERICA
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Well I'm just grumpy enough right now to tear this apart... :)
On Fri, 20 Sep 1996, Douglas B. Renner wrote:
> Those of you who took Logic 1001 will recall the paradox known as
> "The Heap" which goes like this:
> 1. A single grain of sand does not constitute a heap of sand.
An debatable but valid assumption.
> 2. You can create a heap from a non-heap by adding a single grain of sand.
How is a non-heap defined? 1 grain? 0 grains? If (2) is to be true, it
can't be 0, since you assumed (1), so a non-heap must be 1 grain.
> 3. Therefore, there is *NO SUCH THING* as a heap of sand.
Huh? How do you draw that conclusion? (1) and (2) are not contradictory in
any way. You said 1 grain is not a heap, but >1 is. Fine. Valid way of
defining a heap/non-heap of sand. Nothing to do with (3).
> You with me here? Okay, this is important, because the public actually does
> think like this:
Very debatable. Very general.
> 1. Our current society in America is not oppressive. (generally accepted)
> 2. You cannot change a non-oppressive society into an oppressive society
> by removing one liberty from its citizens. (also generally accepted)
Rubbish. If the government removes all liberties at once, that's
oppressive, but if they do it one at a time, it's not?
> 3. Therefore, it is not possible for America to become an oppressive society.
More Rubbish. Not only are your assumptions flawed, but the heap
argument and the oppression argument are entirely unrelated.
Nothing personal, mind you. :)
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