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Logic & Scientific Philosophy

Seinfeld Logic – jade

If it is something I believe, than to me it is true
If it is true, than it’s not a lie
Therefore, it’s not a lie if I believe it

Syllogistic Logic by George Costanza of Seinfeld

Costanza’s character regularly exclaims that his life is a lie. In a later episode, he reasons with Jerry explaining, “it’s not a lie if you believe it”. The logic behind his statement can tie into the ideas of where ignorant thinking is blissful thinking, and the root of a confined “free” mind. The premises of the logic are a person’s personal beliefs, and the self-manipulation that can happen with them. The premises are valid to the conclusion, but aren’t necessarily factually correct. The factual correctness of the premises depend on the reason and rationality they stand on. Whether or not the logic within the statement can be proven true or false is in the eye of the beholder.

I think with the syllogistic logic in this argument, you can either utilize it to strengthen your beliefs and further prove your theories in a positive way, or seemingly positive where a stubborn ignorance is bliss. In a negative way, you could use it to your power and manipulate your views onto other people, irrationally claiming their authenticity.

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One thought on “Seinfeld Logic – jade

  1. Hi Jade, nice work on both the early start, and our course’s second Seinfeld reference! In a certain sense, do you think that you’re talking about the validity of self-delusion (or the argument that underpins it)? What do you think some positive examples of this might be?

    One of the ‘related’ videos following your Youtube link brought me to this negative example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNkGoL011ns

    Thanks for getting things going!

    Mr. J

    Posted by bryanjack | September 25, 2013, 12:34 am

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