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Kurt Godel -- Conspiracy Theorist

0x6a656666   posted:9/15/2010 11:36:34 PM  
 In 1949, when Gödel applied to become a U.S. citizen, he had an impressive list of sponsors: Albert Einstein, Oskar Morgenstern and John von Neumann. They were a bit apprehensive about how Gödel would handle the simple citizenship interview with a judge. All he had to do was answer a few elementary questions about the American Constitution. On eve of the interview, Gödel announced that he had discovered a logical loophole that would enable a dictatorship to be established. He was told that this was absurd, but his friends were concerned that he would bring this up in the interview and be denied citizenship. John Casti, quoted in John D. Barrow’s Pi in the Sky (1992), gives the following account of what happened then:“At the interview the judge was suitably impressed by the sterling character and public person as of Gödel’s witnesses, and broke with tradition by inviting them to sit in during the exam. The judge began by saying to Gödel, “Up to now you haveheld German citizenship.” Gödel corrected this slight affront, noting that he was Austrian. Unfazed, the judge continued, “Anyhow, it was under an evil dictatorship …but fortunately that’s not possible in America.” With the magic word dictatorship out ofthe bag, Gödel was not to be denied, crying out, “On the contrary, I know how that can happen. And I can prove it!” By all accounts it took the efforts of not only Einstein and Morgenstern but also the judge to calm Gödel down and prevent him from going into adetailed and lengthy discourse about his “discovery.”"http://www.robertnowlan.com/pdfs/Godel,%20Kurt.pdfLOL. See? We ain't all nuts...
tapuout4985   posted:9/16/2010 12:55:30 PM  
Jeff, I don't know if he's the best choice for proving that the rest of us aren't nuts; the article does say he starved himself to death to avoid being poisoned.
lomi   posted:9/16/2010 2:35:58 PM  
He was right about the tops and bottoms of loaves of bread being in fact poisonous....all joking aside he was a brilliant mind and for sure worth of mention.
lessworse   posted:9/16/2010 4:32:13 PM  
Yo, unless I am able to read Godel's reasoning, I must declare this article as irrelevant to proving or disproving the "guys gone nuts" here. Now, if the MIB didn't destroy his 'proof', then, ho-hum. Like the final image of the Matrix in the first movie showed, [SYSTEM FAILURE].  Just sayin'..
0x6a656666   posted:9/16/2010 9:34:29 PM  
Well, aren't we all being poisoned by the stuff we buy from stores? I thought it was fascinating that he found a loop hole in the constitution where a dictatorship could be established. I knew I liked the guy after reading Douglas Hofstadter's books--then I found this tidbit of information and laughed. Now I like him even more.

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