Posted by: HAT | November 13, 2014

Something Needs to Change

Image of 19th century junk stored in the corner of an attic, a painting by Delacroix ca. 1830

Things could stay this way indefinitely, or …

Hi, Gang!

Here’s a slogan I heard recently: “If nothing changes, nothing changes.”

It’s in the category of “fruitful tautologies,” though technically it’s not quite a tautology, since “nothing changes” is being used in two senses. Its fruitfulness depends on the important difference between those two senses of “nothing changes,” and on the causal relationship between them. Still, I can’t argue with it, logically.

That’s not to say I never try to argue with it in practice, but I’m working on that.

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