“It is a truly shameful vignette of superhuman arrogance and toffishness and twittishness, I suppose. But you know, it was great fun at the time.” — Boris Johnson
New Scientist once published a ½ page letter in which a working scientist ranted that philosophy was all meaningless and the Only Worthwhile—and Obviously True—philosophy is Logical Positivism.
But logical positivism is distinguished amongst all philosophies as the one which disproves itself in a 2-line proof.
Logical Positivism Premise #1 : All meaningful statements are either analytic (that is to say, statements of mathematics or logic or some other tautology) or else statements of empirical fact, and any sentence that is not in one of these two categories is strictly and literally meaningless.
2. If premise #1 —which is not a tautology, nor a statement of mathematics or logic, nor a statement of empirical fact—is true, then by premise #1, premise #1 is itself strictly and literally meaningless, and therefore cannot be true.
“I’m sure this is irrelevant chatter but a few days ago I turned on my Nintendo Switch for the first time in months but the battery had drained, so I went to charge it but noticed after 20 minutes it still wouldn’t turn on, I tried using another plug and putting it in the dock, it still wasn’t working, I knew from early YouTube videos that some people had this problem and sold their console on eBay as “faulty, not accepting charge” when the console was first on the market, not wishing to sell my console I proceeded to calmly take it appart in an attempt to disconnect the battery and plug it in again in order to wake it up, however I’d forgotten how to remove the battery and wasn’t sure the tools I had were best for the job, looking at the connector though made me realise if use 2 electrical screwdrivers, I could short the pins, simulating a temporary disconnect, I allowed the battery to spark for a split second and reassembled the unit. Hey presto, the Nintendo Switch is back in full working order, end of story. Good day to you all.”
Rich Hickey, author of Clojure.
He’s right. Except that state that can be updated from multiple places in an unfathomable way is far more painful to debug than spaghetti code that’s all on page.