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#1 posted 08-20-2011 01:20 AM

This joke is a classic example of informal logical fallacy, a logical error in the argument’s content. In other words the little girl incorrectly assumes that if A has no valid opinion on subject matter X, then A can not have valid opinion on subject matter Y, X not being a prerequisite or related to Y.

Albert Einstein: “How about theory of relativity” as he smiled smugly.
Little girl: “This could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”
Albert Einstein: “Hmmm, I have no idea.”
Little girl: “Do you really feel qualified to discuss theory of relativity, when you don’t know shit?”

This chain of argumentation for a third grader is understandable.

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