Saturday, July 18, 2009

Immortality?

(pic from Huffington Post)

Headline: Henry Allingham: World's Oldest Man Dies At 113.

Am I wrong, or is it logically impossible for the world's oldest man to die?

9 comments:

Mariana Soffer said...

It s a neat paradox, and I do not find the self reference in the question anywhere. What is the trick%

Chris said...

Russell and Frege were too objective to be self-referential.

Peter Turney said...

It says "dies" in the present tense. I think it's OK for him to be in the process of dieing (present tense), but not to actually have died (past tense). On the other hand, "The king is dead. Long live the king!"

Bernardo Kehoe said...

turney, as sharp as always, thanks for helping me firgure this out.

Q. Pheevr said...

--What man dost thou dig it for?
--For no man, sir.
--For what woman, then?
--For none, neither.
--Who is to be buried in't?
--One that was a woman, sir, but, rest her soul, she's dead.
--How absolute the knave is! We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us.

Mariana Soffer said...

I am not bernardo, I was logged as a friend that is why the comment was on his name, what I said is

"turney, as sharp as always, thanks for helping me firgure this out"

Faldone said...

He's dead. You don't get any older than that.

Anonymous said...

It's not logically impossible for the world's oldest man to die. Actually, it's something that will inevitably happen. What's logically impossible is for the world's oldest man to have died.

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