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Originally posted by dalloway
Okay, if someone already posted about this, I apologize. The if/then language patterns Loughner uses in his writings are a form of deductive and inductive reasoning known as conditional proofs. The format is used in theoretical philosophy. I took a class in logic and philosophy in my undergrad degree in which we were taught how to write them. The proofs themselves are known as syllogisms. They normally consist of three parts: a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion. Wikipedia has a decent entry on syllogisms here:
Syllogisms also have a root in mathematical proofs, which have a similarity to sentence diagrams. We know that Loughner is very interested in language and grammar. He almost surely is familiar with diagramming sentences. I think it was the second Youtube account of his in which the posted video clip had something that looked like a sentence diagram. Here is a link to a .pdf file on diagramming sentences from the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar:
I thought it was important to get this nailed down and put out there for use in further dissecting this incident and figuring out what was going on in Loughner's head.edit on 9-1-2011 by dalloway because: fix typoedit on 9-1-2011 by dalloway because: another typo
Originally posted by stu030273
reply to post by snowspirit
sorry mate was that too deep? just freaks me out a bit though he mentions not to be afraid of the stars n that!
Originally posted by oswego
reply to post by BenIndaSun
also we need to verify about 65 days ago or more that a comet was seen near Arizona because he claims the bird came from a comet.