In order for a proposition to be true (or false) it must have a sense; a nonsensical proposition can be neither true nor false.


a team of psychology researchers began to challenge his ideas using a technique called “paradoxical thinking.” The premise is simple: Instead of presenting evidence that contradicts someone’s deeply held views, a psychologist agrees with the participant, then takes their views further, stretching their arguments to absurdity. This causes the participant to pause, reconsider, and reframe their own beliefs.

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acrylic and oil stick on plywood { Jean-Michel Basquiat, Now’s the Time, 1985 }