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Heard at 1992 Europ. Summer Meeting of Assn. of Symb. Logic. Author unknown. 1. A logician saves the life of a space alien and is rewarded with an offer to answer any question. After a thought he asks: What is the best question to ask and the correct answer to it? After a brief panic the alien consults her computer and says: The best question to ask is the one you just did and the correct answer to it is the one I gave. 2. In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. 3. Profound Truth differs from simple truth in that the negation of a simple truth is a simple falsehood, while the negation of a Profound Truth may be another Profound Truth. E.g. a button with "Life is just as simple as it seems" on one side and "Life is not as simple as it seems" on the other. Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny From: amunn@gibbs.oit.unc.edu (Alan Munn) Subject: And they call themselves Logicians? Keywords: smirk, true, math Approved: funny@clarinet.com I found this while preparing class for my graduate students: [figure of a tree of numbers looking roughly like the following] 0,0 1,0 0,1 2,0 1,1 0,2 3,0 2,1 1,2 0,3 ... ... ... ... ... "We will often refer to this object, which we will freely call a tree, although it isn't, calling the levels |A| < [aleph-null] the finite part (although it is infinite), and the set of pairs ([aleph-null]a, x) (for certain a) a diagonal (although its geometrical properties are not those of a straight line)." from Kees van Deemter (1985) "Quantifiers: Finite vs. Infinite", in J. van Bentham and A. ter Meulen _Generalized Quantifiers in Natural Language_

(From the "Rest" of RHF)