Raymond Smullyan

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Raymond Smullyan (born 1919) is an American mathematician, a logician and a magician


  • Why should I worry about dying? It's not going to happen in my lifetime!
    • This Book Needs No Title (1986)

Oh yes, you should because; It is the very thing that will end "your" lifetime.

Nasser "thefightmaster"

  • I have free will, but not of my own choice. I have never freely chosen to have free will. I have to have free will, whether I like it or not!
    • Is God a Taoist? (1977)

It cannot be free if you have it.

Nasser "thefightmaster"


  • If it is really true that you cannot resist them, then you are not sinning of your own free will and hence (at least according to me) not sinning at all.
    • Is God a Taoist? (1977)

Well in that case (at least according to me) it is not your fault either for not resisting to justify it.

Nasser "thefightmaster"

  • There is nothing like a naturalistic orientation to dispel all these morbid thoughts of "sin" and "free will" and "moral responsibility."
    • Is God a Taoist? (1977)
  • Medical opinions differed as to the cause of this "humor" disease.
    • Planet Without Laughter (1980)[2]
  • From what little was known about the subject, insincerity itself was regarded as another form of psychosis but one which was exceedingly rare.
    • Planet Without Laughter (1980)
  • Humor could not flourish in a wholly serious and rational atmosphere.
    • Planet Without Laughter (1980)

For humor to flourish, it first needs to exist. Having said that the correct statement should be as follow:

Humor could not exist to flourish in a wholly serious and rational atmosphere.

Nasser "thefightmaster"

  • Metaphysical problems about "mind" versus "matter" arise only from epistemological confusions.
    • An Epistemological Nightmare (1982)[3]
  • Of course the falsity of the fact that you believe it is red implies that you don't believe it is red. But this does not mean that you believe it is not red!
    • An Epistemological Nightmare (1982)

There is no falsity of the fact in believing that you see it red. It is therefore it does not imply that you believe it is red.

Nasser "thefightmaster"

  • I believe that either Jupiter has life or it doesn't. But I neither believe that it does, nor do I believe that it doesn't.
    • An Epistemological Nightmare (1982)

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  • Is God a Taoist? by Raymond Smullyan, 1977. [4]
  • Planet Without Laughter by Raymond Smullyan, 1980. [5]
  • An Epistemological Nightmare by Raymond Smullyan, 1982. [6]