“What the Tortoise Said to Achilles” (1895)

Lewis Carroll (writer).

Read in 2020.

Failure to accurately conceptualize a framework of argumentation, in this case propositional logic, specifically modus ponens, leading to an abusive argument in bad faith.

The joke is the reapplication of Zeno’s paradox, transposed from geometry to logic.

References here: Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid (1979).

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