This Book Needs No Title

By Raymond Smullyan, TBNNT is a delightful assortment of playful jests. At times it tends toward being too pleased with its own smarts, and a little too heavy-handed, yet it is still quite fun, and really the word is frolicsome. Where it is too heavy-handed, it is that it is too insistent upon frolicking where sobriety may be preferred. It reminds me of Richard Feynman.

One pattern it brings into  how to recognize the pattern of lacking knowledge only available from first-hand experience. A person who has never enjoyed a joke will think laughter some kind of disease, or, if they become convinced it is pleasant, may try to “get” the joke by simulating the sound made by those who do. That’s not what humor is about, duh.

Particularly for those on the Myers-Briggs who are NTs, this book may be a helpful route to escaping the trap of overthinking things, or being dictatorial toward those whose experiences and thoughts differ from one’s own. At any rate, it’s quite fun.

Edited lightly 24 Jan 2017. Note, I plan a second post, approaching the ideas of being “egotistical,” being “selfish” and having “free will” that also rely on the idea I found at less wrong, of a rhetorical argument called “Motte and Bailey.”

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