Logically speaking…

My deadly impulses have struck once again, and this time, I find myself with this delirious desire to begin blogging again. I finished a report on an interview with writer Butch Dalisay and I was pretty pleased with the output. I felt like a writer on commission for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine or something. For the longest time, I’d been writing for others, writing stories for children’s magazines and product articles for shoes and shirts. I guess the writer within me was just begging to be released, which is why I’m here once again.

I’m reaching the end of what would supposedly be the first quarter of my college life, and I’m enjoying it a great deal. With the exception of one subject which bores me to death and another subject which is driving me crazy because it’s in Filipino, I’ve pretty much been looking forward to making the 40-minute-if-I’m-lucky-but-1-hour-and-a-half-if-I’m-not trip from Alabang to Katipunan everyday. One of the subjects I’ve been enjoying in particular is Philo 11. That’s CRS code for Logic.

Pretty much everyone whom I asked about this class (after I had already enlisted in it of course) told me that I was crazy for choosing it. General Education (GE) subjects are supposed to pull your grades up, not drag them down, which is why I should always go for easy unos, they said. I understand their logic, which, when converted to a Logical Syllogism, would read:

GE subjects should be used to pull up your grades from difficult majors.

Pulling up your grades will require subjects where it is easy to get an uno.

Therefore, if you want to pull up your grades, you should get GE subjects where it is easy to get an uno.

Deductively speaking, the conclusion is validly derived from the premises. However, as I learned in class, the validity of the statement doesn’t equate to its cogency, that is, its truth value. Just because it makes sense doesn’t always mean it’s true. I figure that I’m in UP to learn, not to get high grades (although those are nice too). It’s not that I’m willing to get low grades, but rather that I’d rather take up subjects where the subject matter is something that I find interesting and work a bit harder than taking up the infamously easy subjects where getting an uno takes barely any effort.

Logic class has been just that. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve found it so fun that it’s almost therapeutic. Filling out truth tables has become mindless work, and converting statements to symbols has become somewhat of a challenge that I willingly take on. Since my course has no required math subjects, I’ve felt as though my brain has dulled a bit. Logic has filled in the void since a lot of the operations required are similar to the algebraic equations I actually enjoyed simplifying in high school. (nerd much?)

I don’t know how long my “noble” quest for knowledge will last, but hopefully longer than one semester. There are a number of classes offered which I find interesting that are also supposedly easy. Logically speaking, when both premises are true, there’s no way the conclusion can be false.

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