# Why bother?

1. Jan 9, 2004

### jimmy p

Why Bother?

Throughout the ages many have suspected that there's no point in learning anything. Now, however, we have evidence that this is true! At least it transpires that knowledge acts as a brake on an individual's earning potential. This theorem (the more you know the less you earn) can be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:

Postulate 1: Knowledge is power

Postulate 2: Time is money

As every engineer knows: Power=Work/Time

Since: Knowledge=Power

and: Time=Money

by substitution we have: Knowledge=Work/Money

Solving for Money, we get: Money=Work/Knowledge

Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.

CONCLUSION: The less you know, the more you make.

and how about one to prove that we are all goats

The Logical Proof

The proposition "Everything is a Goat" is either true or not true.
If it is false, then it's opposite must be true.
The opposite of "everything" is "nothing", which give us the proposition "Nothing is a Goat".*
Now, this statement is clearly false, for goats certainly exist - we have all seen them. This means that it's opposite must be true.
Therefore, "Everything is a Goat" must be a true statement.

PS. This relies on propositional logic eg. any statement is either true or false and if proven false, then the opposite statement must be true, for example, the statement "It is raining outside", either it is or it is not.

Makes you think huh?

Last edited: Jan 9, 2004
2. Jan 9, 2004

### phatmonky

no it doesn't.

3. Jan 9, 2004

### jimmy p

We are using propositional logic according to which the opposite of a false statement is a true one and vice versa

4. Jan 9, 2004

### Andy

Dont try and have a discussion with him jimmy, he's nuts.

5. Jan 9, 2004

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6. Jan 9, 2004

### phatmonky

point taken :)