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Original Title: A Proof That Keith (Your Humble Professor) is God

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A conditional statement is false if and only if its antecedent is true and its consequent is false. 2. Z = If Z is true, then Keith is God. (That is, let Z be the statement If Z is true, then Keith is God.) 3. Z is a conditional statement. Therefore, 4. If Z is true, then either (a) Z is true is true and Keith is God is true, (b) Z is true is false and Keith is God is true, or (c) Z is true is false and Keith is God is false (from 1, 2, and 3). 5. It is not the case that (if Z is true, then Z is true is false and Keith is God is true). 6. It is not the case that (if Z is true, then Z is true is false and Keith is God is false). Therefore, 7. If Z is true, then Z is true is true and Keith is God is true (from 4, 5, and 6, Impl, Assoc, Com, Impl, DeM, DN, Com, Simp, Impl, DeM, DN, Com, Simp, Conj, DeM, DS, Impl). Therefore, 8. If Z is true, then Keith is God is true (from 7, Impl, Dist, Com, Simp, Impl). Therefore, 9. If Z is false, then Z is true is true and Keith is God is false (from 1, 2, and 3). Therefore, 10. If Z is false, then Z is true is true (from 9, Impl, Dist, Simp, Impl). Therefore, 11. If Z is false, then Z is true (from 10). Therefore, 12. Z is true (from 11, Impl, DN, Taut).

Therefore, 13. Keith is God is true (from 8 and 12, MP). Therefore, 14. Keith is God (from 13). Q.E.D. As far as I know, this argument originated with Jonathan Kandell, who, at the time (April 1987), was a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Arizona. My contribution is to reconstruct and formalize his argument. On the assumption that you reject the conclusion (proposition 14) and accept the validity of the argument, which premise1, 2, 3, 5, or 6is false? Premise 2 is a stipulation; it tells us what Z represents. Premises 3, 5, and 6 seem beyond question. That leaves premise 1, which, horror of horrors, every logic textbook sets forth as a truth. (See, e.g., Irving M. Copi and Carl Cohen, Introduction to Logic, 12th ed. [Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005], 325.) So either the textbooks are wrong orgasp!Keith is God. But surely the textbooks arent wrong; therefore, Keith is God. Heres a meta-argument with the same conclusion: 1. Either Keith is God or the argument is invalid or at least one of the premises is false. 2. The argument is valid (i.e., its not the case that the argument is invalid). 3. All of the premises are true (i.e., its not the case that at least one of the premises is false). Therefore, 4. Keith is God (from 1, 2, and 3). This meta-argument is valid and all of its premises are true; therefore, its conclusion is true; therefore, Keith is God. We keep coming back to the same profound (and, I must admit, profoundly satisfying) truth. Incidentally, since Keith is God and Keith exists, God exists. This result will please theists, who have long sought a proof of Gods existence.

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