Formal Logic at the NYT

The New York Times recently featured this defense of a recent controversial article:

[Hoyt replied to this criticism by saying]—with emphasis in the original— that “The story says O’Keefe dressed up as a pimp and trained his hidden camera on Acorn counselors. It does not say he did those two things at the same time.”

Apparently, the New York Times has adopted as part of its style-book the truth-functional and beloved of first-order logicians everywhere. (In most forms of formal logic the statement “A and B” is true if and only if each of A and B are true. Outside of logic, and rarely works that way. Even programming languages frequently deviate from a pure truth-functional and.)

I’m now enamored by the idea that the New York Times style guide is being taken over by logicians. The next step will be when they start publishing an edition in Loglan.

(Joke swiped from Neddy Merrill at Edge of the American West.)