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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

19 uses
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in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
  • The problem, the contradiction the scientists are stuck with, is that of mind.
    Part 1 (38% in)
  • A fragment of memory is preserved of him sitting in a room at three and four in the morning with Immanuel Kant's famous Critique of Pure Reason, studying it as a chess player studies the openings of the tournament masters, trying to test the line of development against his own judgment and skill, looking for contradictions and incongruities.
    Part 2 (38% in)
  • We have in our minds an a priori motorcycle which has continuity in time and space and is capable of changing appearance as one moves one's head and is therefore not contradicted by the sense data one is receiving.
    Part 2 (43% in)
  • All his letters show is an enormous confusion of contradictions and incongruities and divergences and exceptions to any rule he formulated about the things he observed.
    Part 2 (53% in)
  • I reply, "That's self-contradictory.
    Part 2 (79% in)
  • It seemed as though every rule he honestly tried to discover with them and learn with them was so full of exceptions and contradictions and qualifications and confusions that he wished he'd never come across the rule in the first place.
    Part 2 (90% in)
  • That contradicts what I actually believe.
    Part 3 (39% in)
  • There was no feeling of contradiction.
    Part 3 (51% in)
  • They did this by reasoning that if there were any way to reduce Euclid's postulate to other, surer axioms, another effect would also be noticeable: a reversal of Euclid's postulate would create logical contradictions in the geometry.
    Part 3 (52% in)
  • From these hypotheses he deduces a series of theorems among which it's impossible to find any contradiction, and he constructs a geometry whose faultless logic is inferior in nothing to that of the Euclidian geometry.
    Part 3 (52% in)
  • Thus by his failure to find any contradictions he proves that the fifth postulate is irreducible to simpler axioms.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • We now had two contradictory visions of unshakable scientific truth, true for all men of all ages, regardless of their individual preferences.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • If there is no basis for distinguishing between them, then you have a total mathematics which admits logical contradictions.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • But a mathematics that admits internal logical contradictions is no mathematics at all.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • And of course once that door was opened one could hardly expect the number of contradictory systems of unshakable scientific truth to be limited to two.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • Again there is no internal contradiction, only an inconsistency with both Lobachevskian and Euclidian geometries.
    Part 3 (53% in)
  • Poincaré concluded that the axioms of geometry are conventions, our choice among all possible conventions is guided by experimental facts, but it remains free and is limited only by the necessity of avoiding all contradiction.
    Part 3 (54% in)
  • Great Universities proceeded in a Hegelian fashion and any school which could not accept a thesis contradicting its fundamental tenets was in a rut.
    Part 4 (18% in)
  • There is no contradiction.
    Part 4 (71% in)

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