THE RAVEN PARADOX

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Also known as Hempel’s Paradox, for the German logician who proposed it in the mid-1940s, the Raven Paradox begins with the apparently straightforward and entirely true statement that “all ravens are black.”

The paradox here is that Hempel has apparently proved that seeing an apple provides us with evidence, no matter how unrelated it may seem, that ravens are black. It’s the equivalent of saying that you live in New York is evidence that you don’t live in L.A., or that saying you are 30 years old is evidence that you are not 29. Just how much information can one statement actually imply anyway?

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    hempel must have already known that all ravens are black, so he made that statement.

    without having previous knowledge, we can’t deduce anything certain from an unrelated topic.

    GeNiUs Genius Answered on 24th August 2015.
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