The Inconsistent Triad
In this post Julia Galef explains how people are (un)surprisingly capable of believing contradictory things and not being aware of the contradiction. She then suggests that "the Penrose triangle is an apt visual metaphor for what contradictory beliefs must look like in our heads."
One of the examples she uses of a contradictory set of beliefs is:
1. “The reason it’s not okay to have sex with animals is because they can’t consent to it.”
2. “Animals can’t consent to being killed and eaten.”
3. “It’s fine to kill and eat animals.”
I leave my readers to reflect on this inconsistent triad as they munch on their Eid-ul-Azha lunch.
Happy Eid everyone!