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The problem with “the truth”

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 16:19
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The problem with “the truth” is that it isn’t a matter of white and black, but of gray scale.

The only things that can be true are statements about about reality, and they are true if they agree with reality. The problem with this fact is that statements agree with reality more or less, because it means that statements can’t agree with reality unambiguously, since “unambiguous” is orthogonal to “more or less”.

The problem with “the truth” is thereby that it can’t reach perfection. It can only be “more or less”, but will ultimately arrive to at least two contradictory (orthogonal) statements that are just as true.

The problem with “the truth” is thus that it is relative, like whitish or greenish. Our problem is to handle this problem.

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  • Ah, that’s a nice conflation of the concept of truth, while I mostly agree with it being “grey”, but not entirely.

    Okay, let me start by saying, 1+1=3.

    I just said 1+1=3, that’s truth.

    See what I did there?

  • No, that statement does not conform to the definition of an equality. Equalities to 3 are rather 1+2, 0+3, 6-3, 9-6, 24/8,…and so on. So, the statement is not true. The statement that you have made that statement, in itself, is fairly true, but not totally, because I have heard others making the same statement. A true statement is thus instead that “many people fail to understand mathematics”, but then the next question is: how many?, and who can answer this question truthfully?

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