Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Enough is enough; I finally looked it up

Over the last few weeks, on the Discovery Channel, they've been running commercials announcing the move to prime time of its popular game show---Cash Cab. One of the questions they highlight is this: what is the Latin term for "it does not follow." I'll be darned if I could remember what it was, and it's been bugging me every time I see the ad. I finally checked it out. I'm sure many of you brainiacs know the answer; but unfortunately, I never took a logic class, (it just comes natural) and I just didn't put it together.

See comments for the answer.


kingdavid said...

Non sequitur is Latin for "it does not follow." In formal logic, an argument is a non sequitur if the conclusion does not follow from the premise. In a non sequitur, the conclusion can be either true or false, but the argument is a fallacy because the conclusion does not follow from the premise. All formal fallacies are specific types of non sequitur. The term has special applicability in law, having a formal legal definition.

Steve said...

Can you do that without googling?

Anonymous said...

Man, if I had google back when I was in college, I'd probably be a brain surgeon right now. I must google stuff about 50 times a week.


Nan said...

Your not alone on this. I veiwed the very same ad for cash cab & to save my life i couldn't think of the i got on line to find the answer. your post was the first i checked out & i am so glad that i am not the only one who has done this because of that damn cash cab preveiw.