Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pope Probes the Nature of Simple Identity

Pope's speech during Easter vigil:

"If man were merely a random product of evolution in some place on the margins of the universe, then his life...might even be a chance of nature."

Assuming, as I think we must, that "chance of nature" means "random product of evolution" (and what's with this hopelessly outdated term "man"?  Wake up, man, this is 2011!), the Pope's claim amounts to the trivially true assertion that if human life is a random product of evolution, then human life is a random product of evolution.  That is, if A then A.  Well, if he's right, he's right!  Uttering tautologies is one way to avoid error, I guess.

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