Self Refuting Statements
Meaning: These are statements that are illogical and blow themselves up. A self-refuting statement is a statement which if true, contradicts what it means.
A self-refuting statement is nonsense, being an empty statement that says nothing meaningful.
- "God is totally unknowable."
- If this is true, then how do you know this?
- "God can't be described."
- Is that your description of God?
- "There are no absolutes!"
- The proposition that there are no absolutes is itself an absolute proposition.
- "Intolerance will not be tolerated!"
- You have to be intolerant of something to make this statement.
- "I not judging anyone, but..."
- Wrong, you are about to judge someone.
- "To each their own!"
- If someone stole your car or cell phone would this statement still be acceptable?
- "I don't believe anything."
- Do you believe that?
- "There's no final interpretation of a text."
- Except for this one. Right?
- "In order to have knowledge it must contain mathematical equations."
- Since this statement did not contain any math or equations then it must be denied on its own terms.
- "Everything is a lie."
- Is that statement a lie? If yes, then that statement is false. If no, then there are things that are true.
- "All knowledge is gained through observation."
- Have you observed all knowledge?
- "All truth changes."
- Is that truth changing? If yes, then that truth claim is false. If no, then not all truth changes and the claim is still false.
- "The burden of proof is on the person who is making the claim."
- Where is the proof of that claim?
- "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
- Where is the evidence for that claim?
- "I only believe in the laws of logic."
- Since that statement is not one of the laws of logic it fails on its own terms. The statement doesn't deal with the concepts of
contradictions (law of non contradiction), immaterial information in anything (law of identity), or deals with the truth value of anything (law of the excluded middle).
- "Intentional states do not exist."
- Then why are you thinking about intentional states?
- "There's no such thing as absolute morality, and therefore you should not try to enforce your personal moral code on other people."
- But when you say "you should not…" you are doing what you are telling other people not to do: enforcing your personal moral code on other people.
- "I am not being defensive!"
- Really... then why are you defending yourself?
- "I don't believe in laws of logic. Therefore my worldview doesn't need to have reason for logic."
- When you use the term "therefore", you are attempting to use logic in order to argue that you don't need logic.
- "I hate when people complain..."
- "There are no facts. Only interpretations."
- Is that a fact?
PROVERBS 26: 4-5
"Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit."
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