A random walk through mathematics -- mostly through the random part.
The Family Guy had an opportunity to introduce countable ordinals to the TV-watching public.
You can say you're a liar, just not that you always lie.
Actually, you can, just by adding an obviously false conjunct."There are two things you should always remember: I always lie, and 2+2=5."This doesn't imply the truth of the first conjunct, of course, but if you scrupulously follow this formula whenever you want to tell a truth without breaking your moral commitment to the falsehood, people will probably be inclined to believe you more than if you were merely averagely honest.
AW: that sort of rules-lawyering sounds like either RPG geekery or religion.Hey wait, there is something both sides can agree on!
isn't it the same to say:"this statement is false" ?
Unapologetic: I see the connection to RPG rules-lawyering. But religion?I think the 'religious' tendency would be to use rhetoric merely than the formal-logical approach of appending a conjunct. That is --- to obscure or simplify the rules, rather than technically adhere through awkward manoevres.(An interesting question: what would rhetoric look like if its purpose was to obscure the fact that you aren't precisely telling a lie?)Now if I said that a moral obligation to always lie can be fulfilled despite a lifetime of unrepentent honesty, by telling a sufficiently heinous lie on your deathbed, perhaps *that* would be a religious form of rules-lawyering.
You're thinking of the wrong religion. Sorry, I forgot that "religion" on the internet is always taken to mean fundamentalist Christianity.
Joseph, the vast majority of the Family Guy target audience wouldn't understand or be interested in countable ordinals, unless they could be covered with nacho cheese or double dipped in cheap chocolate.
I wouldn't be so quick to judge, JJP. Family Guy is a surprisingly literate show, which mixes high- and low-brow humor very deftly. The layers of reference, and self-reference, are deeper than most television shows out there of any genre. I'd be willing to bet their demographic skews better-educated than, say, that of The Simpsons
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