"Guilty of Tautology"

X99Lynx at aol.com X99Lynx at aol.com
Wed Jan 27 13:56:39 UTC 1999

In a message dated 1/27/99 5:33:23 AM, DLW wrote:

<<He is, I believe, guilty of tautology, for in effect he defines "modern
language" as what we can speak but Neanderthals could not,...>>

This is just a side note.  M. Hubey has also used the word "tautology" as if
it were always a flaw and sometimes a crime.  It should be remembered that all
self-contained logic system are tautological.  This is the nature of analytics
and mathematics.  Geometry only has to be consistent with predefined elements
and assumptions, nothing external.

The very basis of our math, 1 + 1 = 2, is tautological.  But we have found
long ago that such tautologies can be very effective in helping us manipulate
the environment.

Steve Long

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