Friday, October 8, 2010

A Valid Syllogism

I am in a deductive logic course and have 'arguments' (in the philosophical logic sense) on the brain. I made sure my roommates woke up to this syllogism on our whiteboard this morning:

-Every girl in a BYU ward is in a ward directory.

-Everything in a ward directory is nothing but a picture.

-Pictures are incapable of loving anyone.

-Therefore, Every girl in a BYU ward is incapable of loving anyone.


Subject to refutation.


  1. I'm seriously trying to figure out something to refute this. HAA! I can't think of anything. BUT, that doesn't mean it's true! :) Funny though!

  2. Hilarious.

    But I think the first premise is flawed, empirically speaking. Those sweet girls at BYU aren't actually *in* the directory, per se. Rather, a digital *representation* of them is. Therefore the digital representations are the things incapable of love, not the the girls themselves. There's a big difference, I think, between real things and representations of real things. At least as far as humans go.

    The implication of this is that those sweethearts still have a chance.

    Thank goodness.

  3. Haha, Tyler, you're too much for me. I was hoping that little "play on words" would go unchecked.

  4. Ha. Thinking about it, I probably made the point for a self-serving purpose. I had to defend myself: I married one of those girls-in-a-BYU-ward-directory. And it was *your* sister.

    Just sayin'.

    Glad to see you're enjoying your logic course...

  5. every guy at BYU is in a ward directory too . . . which must mean that they arn’t capable of loving anyone either. so we have ourselves a problem, don't we?