Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Proof



A+B=X

A+B+C=X 

:. C=0

I posted this a few weeks back on Twitter.  It came to me after all the media coverage on the Chilean miners and their rescue.  The proof disproves the necessity of intercessory prayer.    

1 comments:

Steve said...

I was sent the following message on Twitter:

"c could also equal -a or -b or some combination that equals (-a + -b)."

This is my friendly response.

My original premise in the Tweet basically used these values:

a=people
b=science
c=prayer
x=miners successfully rescued

a+b=x
a+b+c=x
:. c has no effect therefore its value is 0.

If "c could also equal -a or -b or some combination that equals (-a + -b)" is incorrect as

a+b+(-a)≠x since you need people for the rescue.
a+b+(-b)≠x since you need scientific knowledge for the rescue.

It's been awhile since I had either a math or logic course so I could still be wrong. Feel free to keep the debate open.

I should also point out that one of our contributors, Brenner (who is apparently alive), stated that:

If c=-a, then b=x and c=a=0
If c=-b, then a=x and c=b=0

So c=0. Your criteria just informs us that a or b could also=0, but prayer still does nothing.