FOM: Arbitrary objects

Neil Tennant neilt at
Tue Feb 12 14:15:15 EST 2002

Franklin Pacheco's story about the child misunderstanding `arbitrary'
ordering of procedures echoes the famous story of Littlewood giving a
lecture to a class of 6th formers at his old high school. 

"Let x be an arbitrary real number..." Littlewood began. 

A hand shot up at the back:

"But Sir, suppose x *isn't* a real number!".

Neil W. Tennant
Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science

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