This Book Needs No Title: A Budget of Living Paradoxes

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 15, 1986 - Games - 192 pages
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Eighty paradoxes, logical lobyrinths, and intriguing enigmas progress from light fables and fancies to challenging Zen exercises and a novella and probe the timeless questions of philosophy and life
  

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This book contains about "A Planet Without Laughter”. There existed a planet without laughter in which the few people who laughed were put into mental hospitals by psychiatrists to cure them, suspecting their irrational laughing behavior was clearly of psychogenic origin. They found a drug which cured them of laughing, called “laughazone”, but the drug had the side-affect of caused the patients to scream. Some thought laughing people were happier than the screaming ones, but the argument was made, “What use is it to be merely happy, when the happiness is based purely on psychotic delusions?”
One might think that Professor Smullyan was joking with this story, but his carefully crafted story gives us a serious look at how various behaviors can be deemed undesirable by the use of abstract logical reasoning and lead to incarceration in a mental hospital until the person is cured by some drug or vaccine. Believe or not, having a soul may be deemed a pathological behavior in the future by the authorities of the world in our time, the materialistic scientific establishment.
 

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Contents

Want to Be Envied 3 The Man Who Wanted
11
Cant or Wont? 17 A Rationalist and
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A Strange Paradox 41 Four American
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The Seer and the Skeptic 51
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Bits and Pieces 56 Determinism or Free
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WELL
77
A Remark on Spontaneity 77 This Is Very Diffi
85
The Sage and the Dog 93 A Zen Fragment
93
Why Does Water Run Down
110
THE FRUIT OF KNOWLEDGE
119
The Modern Period 153 II The Middle
176
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Raymond Smullyan is considered one of America's most inventive creators of logic puzzles. His many writings include a previous volume of recreational logic and math problems, What Is the Name of This Book?; two studies of deductive logic in chess, The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes and The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Nights; two collections of philosophical essays and aphorisms; The Tao Is Silent and This Book Needs No Title, and most recently, Satan, Cantor, and Infinity. He is a professor of mathematical logic at Indiana University.

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