Basic Symbolic Logic

I’ve been reviewing symbolic logic (a.k.a. the sentential calculus), which was developed by Gottlob Frege. Because we live in tyranny, I think it might be helpful if people became familiar with basic logical reasoning. For some foolish reason, I think that clear and simple thought might be the best medicine for an ailing system.

Symbolic logic is very simple. All you need to do is assign each individual statement in a series of statements a symbolic name. Usually, the symbolic name is merely a letter: p, q, r, or s. After you assign the statements names, all you need to do is think about them.

For instance, the following set of statements is inconsistent:

p = War causes innocent death.
q = A Christian would not cause innocent death.
r = The President is a Christian.
s = The President wages war.

By inconsistent I mean that there is no universe where statements p, q, r, and s are all true.

Yet our tyrant, perhaps because he thinks that the people who voted for him are all stupid, repeatedly claims r.

But our tyrant is a liar. And it’s a wonder that so many Christians voted for him.

I guess Christians don’t understand symbolic logic. But that should hardly be surprising: religious people usually fail to think. That’s probably one reason why they love to kill each other.


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