[FOM] Why inclusive disjunction?
mmweiss at sfu.ca
Fri Jan 12 20:45:01 EST 2007
On Jan 11, 2007, at 1:08 PM, Neil Tennant wrote:
> Back in 1975 there was a conference in Canterbury, Kent, where the
> stage of the breakfast cafetaria line had a sign saying "Cereal or
> juice". I put both a glass of (rather synthetic-tasting) OJ and a
> bowl of
> (rather tired-looking) All Bran flakes on my tray, and the check-
> out lady
> upbraided me. My appeal to inclusive "or", and the authority of
> amused logicians in the line behind me, was to no avail. Exclusive
> prevailed. I think I opted for the juice.
This reminds me of an observation due to Ray Jennings:
"You can have coffee or you can have tea"
"you can have coffee".
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