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Jennifer: Disjunctive Syllogism: Touchception

Either the Green Bay Packers or the Seattle Seahawks won the Monday night game.

The Green Bay Packers did not win the Monday night game.

Therefore, the Seattle Seahawks won the Monday night game.

This example of a disjunctive syllogism, which expresses a choice, presents a technically true statement and follows the proper form, making the argument sound. In the eyes of the Green Bay Packers and many fans however, the minor premise is not telling the whole truth…

Seattle’s Golden Tate hawks wrestles with cornerback M.D. Jennings of the Green Bay Packers after making a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on the controversial call.

Otto Greule Jr , Getty Images

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3 thoughts on “Jennifer: Disjunctive Syllogism: Touchception

  1. A succinct and (for Packers fans) devastating example of a disjunctive syllogism, Jen. The way the game ended is particularly humourous from the Either vs. Either, not Both angle, as based on the referees’ interpretation, Either did mean both for a brief moment.

    Nice work!

    Posted by bryanjack | October 2, 2012, 6:33 pm
    • As a part owner of the Green Bay Packers and someone who was sitting in that very corner of the stadium when this travesty occurred, I find it amazing how widespread the “Golden Fleece Immaculate Deception” has entered so quickly into a wide range of pubic consciousness. Within 8 days of this unbelievable turn of events, this has become a touchstone (not a touchdown) for defining how we see (or in the case of 2 replacement referees) did not see events!

      Dale Bryant

      Posted by Dale Bryant | October 2, 2012, 7:52 pm
    • I was originally thinking about including “but not both,” then I realized that it could very well be both, in the case of a tie. Or confused referees.

      Posted by msbethechange | October 2, 2012, 10:54 pm

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