A student asked me “Is there a specific point where the concept of what is “true” and logic merge?”
In game based thinking and Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Thinking (LAGT) “truth” means constancy or sincerity in action or character. In general terms it is difficult if not impossible to specifically define truth since the word has a variety of meanings including a state of being in accord with fact or reality; fidelity to the original or to the standard or the ideal; or as anything that is the direct opposite of falsehood. There are various definitions of truth based on whether you are defining something logically, factually, or ethically. Knowing this made me answer the student with , “Yes and no” . My Zen master always liked to say “My statistics teacher always drummed this mantra into our brains: Statistics don’t lie, but liars use statistics.”
Recently we held a conference on stress management at the Catskills Bed and Breakfast – www.TheCatskillsBedandBreakfast.com -. We had speakers, training sessions and offered corporate on-site chair massage during the breaks. During the conference the question of “What is “Truth” kept arising.
Fundamentally, logic is concerned with the patterns in reason that can help tell us if a proposition or statement is true or not. However, there is a concept of truth in an absolute sense that logic cannot effectively. address. How for instance would you use logic to address an emotional feeling, intuition or a metaphysics? Logicians can use formal languages to express the truths which they are concerned with, but this would be a type of truth as under some interpretation within some logical system. The question is, “ Is there such a thing possible as an absolute logical truth (also called an analytic truth or a necessary truth)?” For this type of truth to exist it would need to be true in all possible worlds or under all possible interpretations. The mathematician Kurt Godel, a major influence in the creation of LHAGT does not support the idea that such a truth is possible. There will always be some exception.
One of the things that creates confusion for seekers of the truth is that they lack a distinction between something being “true” and something being a “fact”. In logically based approaches to truth a fact and a truth are different. A fact, though a specific and accurate statement is only specific and accurate in this world and has only become a fact through time and the unfolding of history. However, the truth is specific and accurate not only in this world but in all worlds and all realities. Some philosophers call facts synthetic claims or contingencies because they are only so based and where they happen to exist.
Other ideas on truth include Russell’s Paradox
Kripke’s Theory of Truth
Gödel’s First Incompleteness Theorem
The Liars’ Paradox
You may also wish to read my book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times”
Lewis Harrison is a motivational speaker specializing in game based thinking and applied game theory. He is a seminar leader, futurist, entrepreneur, NPR affiliated radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success and life coach and a best-selling author.
He is the creator of a web site – www.askLewis.com. that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness, and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on personal growth and human potential.
Here is a short interview with Lewis;
Lewis also owns a company that offers stress management programs throughout the United States. Part of this company is his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Veges, Dallas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.