> >Oh, I get it. You're a comedian!!! > > Not really although I do get plenty of laughs. What I meant was that > premises are drawn from conclusions and not vice versa.
That's good for a laugh, anyway!
> Mechanically > we form various judgments tautologically and progressively regress > them tautologically until various consistent complementary constituent > premises emerge.
That is almost foolish enough to be funny.
> This is in contrast to the conventional synthetic > view of syllogistic inference fostered by Aristotle. Mechanically our > brains do not put predicate combinations together as premises to form > conclusions but to validate conclusions analytically.
The mechanical properties of Zick's brain can hardly be considered as an ideal model. > > >> >Futhermore, the inference "Margaret Thatcher is a male politician, > >> >therefore Margaret Thatcher is a politician" is a valid inference, > >> >with a false premise and a true conclusion, and the validity of > >> >the inference does not rest on the falseness of the premise. > >> > >> I don't exactly follow where you're getting all this. It sounds like > >> some kind of syllogistic word game to you. You have a false > >> conclusion: "Margaret Thatcher is a male politician". Period. Nothing > >> necessarily follows from anything except the fact of falseness. So > >> wherever you think you got the conclusion is immaterial. It doesn't > >> necessarily depend on whatever you think because it's wrong.
Only someone as futile as Zick would equate the truth of the conclusion of an if-then statement to the truth of the entire statement. > > > > > >Thanx. I needed a good laugh. This is really good stuff. > > Aha! But unbeknownst to you the brain really works this way > mechanically.
Yours may, but that does not mean that others do.
> It works through tautological regression and not through > syllogistic inference as is commonly supposed.
That is a theory without supporting evidence and without merit.
> >> Q may be true but Q is not true of P because P is false. > > > > > >Beautiful! > > But true.