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#1 DrKrettin

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 10:07 AM

I have been wondering about this statement ever since I heard it from a not very bright character on in a hilarious TV series. Can you say this statement is true? If it is true, does that not imply that other plants actually do have brains? Or is there a category of statements which are neither true nor false? 



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 10:25 AM

I have been wondering about this statement ever since I heard it from a not very bright character on in a hilarious TV series. Can you say this statement is true? If it is true, does that not imply that other plants actually do have brains? Or is there a category of statements which are neither true nor false? 

I think it will come down to how "some" is construed. If it is taken in the mathematical sense of a subset of a larger category, then it would be a true statement. I imagine Lewis Carroll would see it in this way. 

 

But if it is taken, as I think it often is in normal speech, as implying a subset with a characteristic different from the other members of the larger category, then it would be false.

 

Wonderful thing, language. 


Edited by exchemist, 06 April 2017 - 10:26 AM.