# Fuzzy Logic

Show 40 post(s) from this thread on one page
Page 1 of 2 12 Last
• Jun 10th 2007, 09:42 AM
EquinoX
Fuzzy Logic
An ancient Sicilian legend says that the barber in a remote town who can be reached only by traveling a dangerous mountain road shaves those people, and only those people, who do not shave themselves. Can there be such a barber?? How do I proof this using a logical statement??
• Jun 10th 2007, 09:59 AM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by EquinoX
An ancient Sicilian legend says that the barber in a remote town who can be reached only by traveling a dangerous mountain road shaves those people, and only those people, who do not shave themselves. Can there be such a barber?? How do I proof this using a logical statement??

So this barber shaves the women? I suppose that's Sicilian women for you.

See here.

RonL
• Jun 10th 2007, 10:02 AM
EquinoX
what do you mean this barber shaves the woman?
• Jun 10th 2007, 10:03 AM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by EquinoX
An ancient Sicilian legend says that the barber in a remote town who can be reached only by traveling a dangerous mountain road shaves those people, and only those people, who do not shave themselves. Can there be such a barber?? How do I proof this using a logical statement??

Poor title for this thread, Fuzzy Logic is a field of study in its own right and
this problem does not fall within its remit (as usually understood)

RonL
• Jun 10th 2007, 10:05 AM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by EquinoX
what do you mean this barber shaves the woman?

Do the women shave themselves? Are the women people?

Did you follow the link I gave you? If no go back and do so.

RonL
• Jun 10th 2007, 10:12 AM
EquinoX
Yes I did, but I did not understand the link on wikipedia
• Jun 10th 2007, 10:19 AM
EquinoX
can someone explain it to me more clearly?
• Jun 10th 2007, 10:27 AM
EquinoX
I know the answer to this question is that it's possible if the barber is a woman right? But I still dont get the explanation, after I read all the stuff in the link then I noticed something about separating something from a set? Can someone explain this to me
• Jun 10th 2007, 12:36 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by EquinoX
An ancient Sicilian legend says that the barber in a remote town who can be reached only by traveling a dangerous mountain road shaves those people, and only those people, who do not shave themselves. Can there be such a barber?? How do I proof this using a logical statement??

If this is worded carefully no such barber can exist because his existance
contains a contradiction. The reason is that this is a version of the set of
all sets that do not contain themselves.

If this set contains itself then it does not contain itself, if it does not contain
itself then it does contain itself. hence we conclude any system of set
theory which allows such a set is inconsistent (that is contains

A more carefull wording goes:

In a certain village all the men a clean shaven and there lives a (male) barber
who shaves all those men of the village who do not shave themselves. Who
shaves the barber.

RonL
• Jun 10th 2007, 12:37 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by EquinoX
I know the answer to this question is that it's possible if the barber is a woman right? But I still dont get the explanation, after I read all the stuff in the link then I noticed something about separating something from a set? Can someone explain this to me

Or has a beard

RonL
• Jun 13th 2007, 04:32 PM
EquinoX
Do you mean that the answer to this question is possible if the barber shaves a woman because a woman does not shave themselves??

I am actually still confused with this question, what does "those men" mean here, does it mean people who lives near the barber or people who travels through a dangerous mountain??

One more thing is that, I am still not clear of the answer of this question. Is it possible? If yes then why?
• Jun 13th 2007, 05:36 PM
Quick
Here's the rule:
Quote:

The Barber shaves ONLY and ALL those who don't shave themselves.
This Barber can't exist if you think of how gets shaved.

Quote:

The Barber shaves ONLY and ALL those who don't shave themselves.
If he shaves himself, then he isn't one of those people who don't shave themselves, in which case he can't shave himself...

Quote:

The Barber shaves ONLY and ALL those who don't shave themselves.
If he doesn't shave himself, then he is one of those people who don't shave themselves, in which case he must shave himself...

This barber can't exist.

It's like the person who says: "I always lie"
• Jun 13th 2007, 08:55 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by Quick
It's like the person who says: "I always lie"

Except such a person can exist, they don't always lie, they just happen to be
lying this time.

RonL
• Jun 13th 2007, 08:58 PM
CaptainBlack
Quote:

Originally Posted by EquinoX
Do you mean that the answer to this question is possible if the barber shaves a woman because a woman does not shave themselves??

I am actually still confused with this question, what does "those men" mean here, does it mean people who lives near the barber or people who travels through a dangerous mountain??

One more thing is that, I am still not clear of the answer of this question. Is it possible? If yes then why?

The mention of women and/or beards is just to point out that your wording
of the paradox is not tight enough to make it a paradox. If worded carefully
women and/or beards don't appear, and we have a paradox, so then we
have to conclude that there can be no such barber.

RonL
• Jun 14th 2007, 03:39 AM
Quick
Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptainBlack
Except such a person can exist, they don't always lie, they just happen to be
lying this time.

RonL

Well...

This sentence is a lie.
Show 40 post(s) from this thread on one page
Page 1 of 2 12 Last