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I find it rather amusing that my logic homework includes…
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I find it rather amusing that my logic homework includes schematizing and translating into English such sentences as "Every self-respecting student who adulates no professor is respected by some student whom no professor respects."
I had more fun schematizing "There is a real number between every two non-identical real numbers" with only the predicates "x is less than y" and "x is identical to y" (assuming that the universe of discourse is real numbers, that is). I think that woulda been harder had I not done all those exercises in Gödel, Escher, Bach over the winter break.
I'm almost done with the homework that's due eight days from now. Either it was easy, or I'm quite good, or I've made a lot of mistakes in thinking problems were easier than they actually are. I remember hearing this "ten hours a week" figure bandied about during the first lecture with regards to "time spent by most students on this class". So far it's been more like four, if that, not counting my work as a logic tutor for another guy in my class.