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Which statement is impossible?

This statement is impossible
4
14%
The poll question can not be answered
1
3%
The above mentioned sentence is the impossible statement
0
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All of the above
5
17%
Since I typed these statements, I guess all of them are possible
3
10%
But the question is : which one is not ..?
5
17%
Option two is correct ... but you cannot choose it, since it is not what is asked
11
38%
 
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Post by Skylimit » Thu Oct 17, 2002 8:31 am

Ceci n'est pas une pipe ...
When cubists (I don't know the English word is correct, it is abstract art)
got so many critisism that their art really did not resemble anything, they painted "une pipe" and put right underneath "ceci n'est pas une pipe" ...

I think they made their point
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Post by Skylimit » Thu Oct 17, 2002 8:32 am

The painting is on the net... (of course)

It is from Magritte

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/wibo/nedry/supi ... ittebg.htm
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Post by Skylimit » Thu Oct 17, 2002 8:40 am

As Magritte pointed out, that is not a pipe.
You cannot pick it up, light it, or smoke it.
That is not a pipe, it is a painting of a pipe.
A representation of what we understand a pipe to be,
expressed through the medium painting.
Magritte captured the essence of "pipeness"
in a painting.
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Post by Olivier » Thu Oct 17, 2002 12:22 pm

Skylimit wrote:Ceci n'est pas une pipe ...
When cubists (I don't know the English word is correct, it is abstract art)
got so many critisism that their art really did not resemble anything, they painted "une pipe" and put right underneath "ceci n'est pas une pipe" ...

I think they made their point
OK!! It was a kind of "dada" nonsense... :)

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Post by emmem » Fri Oct 18, 2002 9:17 pm

Olivier wrote: OK!! It was a kind of "dada" nonsense... :)
Or like the Russians say: "yesyes" nonsense :?

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Post by arttu » Wed Dec 18, 2002 2:58 pm

Is there any great philosophers in this forum?
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Post by Skylimit » Wed Dec 18, 2002 7:24 pm

Well, there is a great philosophy about great philosophers ... 8)
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Post by emmem » Wed Dec 18, 2002 9:00 pm

arttu wrote:Is there any great philosophers?
Do you mean here on the forum?

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Post by Phaedrus42 » Mon Feb 03, 2003 12:20 am

arttu wrote:Is there any great philosophers in this forum?
Well I'm not a "great" philosopher, but I've done some philosophy courses. So here is my analysis:

The statements are all possible, which is evident since they all are made. So all options are false. And they do convey some sort of meaning.

The statement "this statement is impossible" is not impossible, because it is made, and therefore it is simply false. (The statement "this statement is false" is not simply false, it is paradoxical, but another story).

"the poll question cannot be answered". Hmm. Suppose you pick it. Then you give an answer, and at the same time say you cannot do so. Well, that is strange, but certainly not impossible. As soon as you pick an answer, it becomes false, so if you pick it, it is false and you've made a mistake.

Pfff.... it's about bedtime. Maybe I'll do the others later :wink:.
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Post by eurobillsandcoins » Mon Feb 03, 2003 2:21 am

What the hell? I voted the last one.
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Post by Skylimit » Mon Feb 03, 2003 9:16 am

Phaedrus42 wrote:
arttu wrote:Is there any great philosophers in this forum?
Well I'm not a "great" philosopher, but I've done some philosophy courses. So here is my analysis:

The statements are all possible, which is evident since they all are made. So all options are false. And they do convey some sort of meaning.

The statement "this statement is impossible" is not impossible, because it is made, and therefore it is simply false. (The statement "this statement is false" is not simply false, it is paradoxical, but another story).

"the poll question cannot be answered". Hmm. Suppose you pick it. Then you give an answer, and at the same time say you cannot do so. Well, that is strange, but certainly not impossible. As soon as you pick an answer, it becomes false, so if you pick it, it is false and you've made a mistake.

Pfff.... it's about bedtime. Maybe I'll do the others later :wink:.
I certainly like your interpretation :lol: :lol:
I think we need to add another option ... but the question is : "what is the question ?"
Time is on our side ...

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Post by Antti » Mon Feb 03, 2003 2:30 pm

eurobillsandcoins wrote:What the hell? I voted the last one.
That statement certainly is very possible.

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