Monday, November 12, 2012

Quantum Psychology, Chapter 21

[I've reproduced the exercizes from the book, unmodified. -- The Mgt.]

Classify the following propositions as true, false, meaningless or currently indeterminate.

A. The U.S. Air Force has several dead extraterrestrials hidden in a hangar at Edwards Air Force Base.

B. This exercize contains 13 propositions.

C. All propositions in this exercize are false.

D. No good cop ever takes a bribe.

E. The function of public education consists of killing curiosity, encouraging docility and preparing mindless drones to work for corporations.

F. Gorbachev has an advantage over everyone else in the Politburo because he remains sober when the rest of them have all gotten. drunk.

G. Proposition B is false.

H. Proposition G. is false.

I. Gods loves everybody, even serial killers, rapists and CIA agents.

J. All propositions are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense.

2. Try living for one day with this (possibly) self-fulfilling prophecy: "I am dumb and unattractive and nobody likes me."

3. Try living for one day with this program: "I am brilliant and attractive and everybody likes me."

4. Decide which of the two above exercizes you liked best, and try living with that program for a full month.
Observe all old programs that reassert themselves and interfere with this exercize.

6 comments:

Andrew Crawshaw said...

A. Currently Indeterminate
B. False
C. False
D. Meaningless
E. True
F. Currently Indeterminate (i.e. I have no idea)
G. true
H. False (lol)
I. False
J. True (in some sense)

Eric Wagner said...

A. This seems indeterminate.
B. Indeterminate until I checked, then false.
C. False
D. Indeterminate
E. Indeterminate
F. Indeterminate
G. True

I will continue later.

Andrew Crawshaw said...

2. I lived with it for years, I do not wish to retrace it.

3. difficult (I am pretty neutral about these things these days).

4. both make me uncomfortable.

Thom Foolery said...

A. "The U.S. Air Force has several dead extraterrestrials hidden in a hangar at Edwards Air Force Base." - Currently Indeterminate

B. "This exercize contains 13 propositions." - If the phrase "this exercize" refers to 1.A-J and 2-4, then True, but if "this exercize" refers only to 1.A-J, then False -- which means (I guess) the "correct" answer is Currently Indeterminate

C. "All propositions in this exercize are false."

D. "No good cop ever takes a bribe." - Meaningless

E. "The function of public education consists of killing curiosity, encouraging docility and preparing mindless drones to work for corporations." - Meaningless

F. "Gorbachev has an advantage over everyone else in the Politburo because he remains sober when the rest of them have all gotten drunk." - Currently Indeterminate

G. "Proposition B is false." - Currently Indeterminate

H. "Proposition G. is false." - Currently Indeterminate

I. "God loves everybody, even serial killers, rapists and CIA agents." - Meaningless to some, Currently Indeterminate to others

J. "All propositions are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense." - True in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, and currently indeterminate in some sense.

Andrew Crawshaw said...

Thom, I agree with your reasoning behind B and the answer you gave.

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