Sunday 10 June 2012

Reductio ad absurdum

Back in the heady days of the late 80s when I went to university it was to study Maths and lots of it and one of those handy methods of proving stuff was by Reductio ad absurdum
In answer to something someone (OK the Editor of y'know) had put on twitter suggesting that there would be more vocations to female religious orders if married priest were allowed <- non sequitur? Someone suggested that if we could have married priests then we should have married nuns also. (That was meant as a joke, btw.)
Ha. Have we got to the absurd bit yet? The great thing with Maths is you know when you get 43=72 that you've got to the end and you get to chuckle and write, 'hence blah blah blah not true.'
The trouble with the modern crazy age is however absurd, it just goes on an on getting more absurd and not everyone gets when you are chuckling.

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