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# Barth's Distinction

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Karl Barth once suggested ["Barth's Distinction"] that you can divide everyone into two groups:

Group 1: those who divide people into two groups.

Group 2: those who do not divide people into two groups.

You may agree with Barth or not; either way, you belong to either

Group A: those who agree with Barth, or

Group B: those who do not agree with Barth.

Which group [A or B] are you in?

If you don't like the A and B alternatives, you must belong to Group C.

Describe Group C.

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My indifference prevents me writing a longer post.

Does that describe my group?

Peace

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Karl Barth once suggested ["Barth's Distinction"] that you can divide everyone into two groups:

Group 1: those who divide people into two groups.

Group 2: those who do not divide people into two groups.

You may agree with Barth or not; either way, you belong to either

Group A: those who agree with Barth, or

Group B: those who do not agree with Barth.

Which group [A or B] are you in?

If you don't like the A and B alternatives, you must belong to Group C.

Describe Group C.

Group A, but not Group 1.

Why? Because if both groups are all-encompassing for EVERYONE it CAN be done... so ONLY if that is true. So it's very hard to get two groups that can fit that, where EVERYONE must be either. Not neither, not both. So Groups 1/2 I believe there can be more possibilities, for example indecisive people, dead people, etc. Are monkeys people? etc

But if both groups are completely ALL-ENCOMPASSING then of course you can

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Karl Barth once suggested ["Barth's Distinction"] that you can divide everyone into two groups:

Group 1: those who divide people into two groups.

Group 2: those who do not divide people into two groups.

You may agree with Barth or not; either way, you belong to either

Group A: those who agree with Barth, or

Group B: those who do not agree with Barth.

Which group [A or B] are you in?

If you don't like the A and B alternatives, you must belong to Group C.

Describe Group C.

Group A, but not Group 1. [i.e. you agree with Barth, and you do not put people into two groups]

Why? Because if both groups are all-encompassing for EVERYONE it CAN be done... so ONLY if that is true. So it's very hard to get two groups that can fit that, where EVERYONE must be either. Not neither, not both. So Groups 1/2 I believe there can be more possibilities, for example indecisive people, dead people, etc. Are monkeys people? etc

But if both groups are completely ALL-ENCOMPASSING then of course you can

Group A but not Group 1.

Group A - That means you agree with Barth, who puts everyone into Group 1 or Group 2.

But not Group 1 - that means you yourself do not put everyone into two groups. How does that agree with Barth?

Regarding the counter-examples ...

indecisive people and dead people would I think clearly belong to group 2: indecisive people can't decide and dead people can't do anything, so they both fit the condition of not placing people into two groups.

Want to include monkeys? OK, Barth would put all the monkeys that divide people into two groups into Group 1 and those that don't into Group 2.

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My indifference prevents me writing a longer post.

Does that describe my group?

Peace

Bonanova,

I was not only joking, I was trying to answer the riddle by being indifferent. No disrespect intended if it appeared that way.

Would indifference describe group C?

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Would indifference describe group C?
I think so. At least, C would include that, among others.

A and B are those who agree or not.

C would be for the others, including myself - I neither agree nor disagree with Barth.

The interesting part to me is how others describe or choose C.

No disrespect taken, for sure... thanks for the response...

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Description of choice C:

People who couldn't care less.

Such as me. <_<

Edit: 30th post! yay for me!

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Description of choice C:

People who couldn't care less.

Such as me. <_<

Edit: 30th post! yay for me!

That would be indifference as already posted

There is no group C, unless you include those that are in denial of the theory, which does not include BN so does that constitute 4th group (D)

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Karl Barth once suggested ["Barth's Distinction"] that you can divide everyone into two groups:

Group 1: those who divide people into two groups.

Group 2: those who do not divide people into two groups.

You may agree with Barth or not; either way, you belong to either

Group A: those who agree with Barth, or

Group B: those who do not agree with Barth.

Which group [A or B] are you in?

If you don't like the A and B alternatives, you must belong to Group C.

Describe Group C.

Group 3: Those who divide people into more than two groups

Group C: Those who have never heard of someone's something

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