Monday, July 18, 2011

Lewis Carrol, Three Statements

What can you conclude from Lewis Carrol's logic puzzle:

(a) All babies are illogical.
(b) Nobody is despised who can manage a crocodile.
(c) Illogical persons are despised.


  1. Babies can't manage crocodiles.

  2. If illogical people are despised (c), and babies are illogical (a), then babies are despised. If you are despised, then you cannot manage a crocodile because if you could both manage a croc and be despised, you'd be contradicting (b). Ergo babies can't manage crocs.


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