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01 Apr 2002, 15:23 p.m.

From Logic discussion: Peter, the TA, already had put up…

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From Logic discussion: Peter, the TA, already had put up on the board a predicate for "x is even," but then created an entirely new predicate for "x is odd." I pointed out that, since the universe of discourse comprised only integers, one could do without a specific "x is even" predicate and specify that some entity x was odd by negating "x is even" (assuming that integers that aren't even are odd).

Peter paused and said, "There's no scarcity of predicates."