Monday, April 1, 2013

Time-travel, Andrew Basiago and LOGIC.

Let us see how the Logic bases of rational thinking work with the idea of time-travel suggested by the time jumper Andrew Basiago: The three fundamental laws are:
The Law of Identity         
The Law of Non-Contradiction
The Law of Excluded Middle
The law of identity states that A is A, consequently; it would be a total fallacy to say that A is and is not A, right? Now, Basiago told us that he traveled back in time to Gettysburg. As we all know, The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, one of the best-known in American history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.
If we consider the Law of Identity, we will say that Basiago is Basiago ( B is B.)
Andrew D. Basiago was born in 1961 . He is a Vancouver lawyer. As a side project, he runs Project Pegasus, a group dedicated to lobbying the government to release the secrets of teleportation and time travel.
However in 1863, Basiago was unborn. He was in fact born 102 years after the Gettysburg Address.
Then we should say that Basiago was nonexistent in 1863 and consequently the time jumper B was and was not B. This of course violates the second logical law of non-contradiction. If someone has an identity, it has a single identity. It does not have more than one identity.  In other words, if something exists it has a set of attributes that are consistent with its own existence.  The law of non-contradiction tells us that B cannot be both B and not B.   The third law of excluded middle confirms that that a statement is either true or false. B is born or isn’t born. He cannot exist before his own birth.
But things get worse if we consider that all the people that Basiago met in Gettysburg in 1863 were dead and we cannot say that all those were dead and not dead. There is no such thing as a living dead if we accept the law of excluded middle.
Therefore, the presence of Basiago in Gettysburg violates the three laws of rational thinking. It is nothing more and nothing less than a triple fallacy.

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