(urth) 5HC : Skinner, Turing (fwd)

Iorwerth Thomas iorweththomas at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 7 05:29:27 PST 2005

>From: "Chris" <rasputin_ at hotmail.com>

>I am not sure where Hume's fork comes into play here. The fork, as I 
>understand it, isn't about determinism or randomness. It's a division of 
>types of statements as either analytic (strict products of definitions and 
>logical operations) or synthetic (products of empirical observation, 
>statements about the world). Some people think this distinction is more 
>important than others; Quine, for example, argued that there was really no 
>such thing as an analytic statement in (natural) language.

Curses.  My memory is as bad as ever.  I'm sure I have seen it called that 
somewhere.  But you're probably right.  It is an argument I've seen 
attributed to Hume, though.


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