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Thread #59418 Message #2929158
Posted By: Amos
16-Jun-10 - 12:01 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
The sorites paradox (σωρός sōros being Greek for "heap" and σωρείτης sōreitēs a derived adjective meaning "heaped up") is a paradox that arises from vague predicates. The paradox of the heap is an example of this paradox which arises when one considers a heap of sand, from which grains are individually removed. Is it still a heap when only one grain remains? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap?
Thus, when Rapaire produces a heaping heap of BS, if you remove one false datum from it, is it still a heap of BS? Is this sort of heaping helping? Does he need help heaping? Who does it serve, and is it a heaping serving? Most important, how many ridiculous assertions would one have to delete before the result was merely, say, a fiction rather than a heap of BS? Vague predicates, indeed.