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Saturday, June 2, 2018

What is a statement?


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What is a statement? Here is my definition:


A statement is concise declaration of something


Statements are very similar to descriptions, but I believe the main difference is that statements are short and straight to the point. Descriptions can be longer and more detailed, but there is not a strict line that differentiates a description from a statement. Due to this inherent subjectivity, I think of these two concepts as melded together.


I believe that statements are the building blocks of knowledge. I also believe we can reduce all of our explicit knowledge down to a list of statements about reality. This list would be extremely large if we include every particular event we have ever encountered. I believe this list of statements is central paradigm in philosophy, science and knowledge.



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