On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 19:13:36 -0600, Virgil <email@example.com> wrote:
>In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, > Lester Zick <DontBother@nowhere.net> wrote: > >> On Sat, 22 Jul 2006 13:57:25 -0600, Virgil <email@example.com> wrote: >> >> >In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, >> > Lester Zick <DontBother@nowhere.net> wrote: > >> >> I don't follow this. If P is false then any Q demonstrated of P is >> >> false too. >> > >> >Wrong! From assumption of a false statement one may deduce any statement >> >at all, including any true statement. >> > >> >Bertrand Russell, in a public debate, once stated this, >> > and was immediately challenged to prove that >> >if 2 = 1, then he (Russell) was the Pope. >> > >> >As Russell's atheism was well known, the audience laughed loudly. >> > >> >As soon as the laughter died down Russell argued: >> > "The Pope and I are two" >> > "If 2 = 1 then the Pope and I are one, >> > "therefore I am the Pope." >> > >> >At which the audience roared. >> >> Yes, yes, very clever. > >Russell is known for his cleverness.
But not much else.
>Zick is not.
Oh I dunno. Zick is known for no real number line, the correct analysis of angular momentum, and the interrealtion of quantum effects among other things that Russell couldn't quite get straight.