Yes or no

1. Sep 25, 2005

Mk

What is a yes or no question that is impossible to answer with a no or yes? There has to be one!

2. Sep 25, 2005

honestrosewater

Is 'no' the answer to this question?

Assuming the normal meanings and that you meant truthfully answer with a 'yes' or 'no'.

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3. Sep 25, 2005

brudally

.......yes,

4. Sep 25, 2005

mattmns

I don't think there is one.

It is like saying: Can you show me a dog that is not a dog.

5. Sep 25, 2005

honestrosewater

Then 'no' is not the answer to the question.

6. Sep 25, 2005

honestrosewater

I think that

Is 'no' the answer to this question?

is what Mk is after. Try to answer it with a 'yes' or 'no'.

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7. Sep 25, 2005

Mk

Ahh, yes that is what I am after.

8. Sep 25, 2005

brudally

MK is confused because he is wondering if there is one, and I say Yes, which means there is one.
But what question needs to be answered ?

9. Sep 25, 2005

Mk

Or:

Is yes the answer to this question?

Totally original.

10. Sep 25, 2005

brudally

Well, that is teh question.

11. Sep 25, 2005

honestrosewater

:rofl: Who is on first!

Sorry. Let Q denote the question
Is 'no' the answer to this question?
I think Q is the question Mk was looking for.

12. Sep 25, 2005

EnumaElish

"Can you say you stole this old lady's purse or be honest?" (Criminal court cross-examination question.)

13. Sep 25, 2005

djeipa

14. Sep 25, 2005

djeipa

Absolutely, yes, the answer to that question.

15. Sep 25, 2005

Emieno

You should have misunderstood that short post, I believe.

16. Sep 25, 2005

Lisa!

Is there a yes or no question that is impossible to answer with a yes or no? :rofl:

17. Sep 25, 2005

zoobyshoe

Are you studying up on how to drive yourself crazy? PF has a nice Philosophy section for that.

18. Sep 25, 2005

honestrosewater

Well, because of the confusion, I wasn't going to mention this, but it would be nice to know how Mk defines a 'yes or no question'.
If Mk's definition is
x is a yes or no question iff x can be answered with either a yes or a no but not both​
which seems reasonable, then the answer to the original question is of course 'no'. (If x cannot be answered with either a yes or a no but not both, then x is not a yes or no question.)

19. Sep 25, 2005

Lisa!

Yes, I thought for a few minutes about the answer of this question and it was really confusing. Anyway I think this question has an answer anyway. I like trick y questions alot but I don't think this 1 would be 1 of them!

20. Sep 25, 2005

EnumaElish

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