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Stream: general

Topic: logic joke


view this post on Zulip Jeremy Avigad (Sep 04 2020 at 11:37):

I learned a logic joke from a student yesterday, and I can't resist passing it along.

Three logicians walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Would all three of you like a drink?"

The first logician says: "Maybe."

The second logician says: "Maybe."

The third logician says: "Yes."

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:38):

See also https://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3451

view this post on Zulip Kevin Buzzard (Sep 04 2020 at 11:39):

We had a variant of this as undergraduates: four mathematicians sitting on a sofa and someone asks "does anyone want tea?": "maybe, maybe, yes, yes". You don't even know if the last person wants tea.

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:40):

Strictly speaking, I've always thought the third logician should have said "maybe". To conclude from the first and second maybe that the two logicians want a drink is to draw an unsound inference. ;)

view this post on Zulip Jeremy Avigad (Sep 04 2020 at 11:41):

Why? If they didn't want a drink, being competent logicians, they would have answered "no."

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:45):

Are you sure?

view this post on Zulip Kevin Buzzard (Sep 04 2020 at 11:45):

maybe

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:45):

First, you're assuming they're competent. That wasn't in the original joke.

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:45):

"Maybe" should always be a legal answer to anything.

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:46):

Like "maybe, I need to think about it".

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:46):

I drive my wife nuts by answering her yes/no questions with "maybe" all the time.

view this post on Zulip Jasmin Blanchette (Sep 04 2020 at 11:46):

(But then I'm not a competent logician, I admit it.)

view this post on Zulip Jeremy Avigad (Sep 04 2020 at 11:47):

I'm laughing...

view this post on Zulip Anne Baanen (Sep 04 2020 at 11:52):

Three logicians walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Would all three of you like a drink?"

The first logician says: "Maybe."

The second logician says: "Maybe."

The third logician says: "Assuming it is common knowledge for the purposes of our conversation that all three of us are competent logicians who follow the cooperative principles of communication, additionally assuming we are in fact truly capable of understanding each other, that there is not an evil demon controlling my perception misleading me, that ..."

view this post on Zulip Anne Baanen (Sep 04 2020 at 11:53):

A logician walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Do you know any good logician jokes?"

The logician says: "Maybe."

view this post on Zulip Joe Hendrix (Sep 04 2020 at 20:34):

Maybe the joke should start with "Three classical logicians walk into a bar."

view this post on Zulip Chris Wong (Sep 05 2020 at 06:15):

Since the domain of discourse is finite here (three), I believe it doesn't matter

view this post on Zulip Yury G. Kudryashov (Sep 06 2020 at 18:45):

I've heard a version with first two answering "I don't know"


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