How does involving knights and knaves in digital circuitry help?

You are going to be working with a lot of really talented people. You are going to trust those people and you are going to have to trust those people a lot for a lot of things. Every now and then, they’re going to be wrong or lying to you. You’re going to have to be able to know when that is the case. So, while the stuff we’re dealing with, sure, is meant for digital circuitry and logic and Boolean algebra, I think it will have a larger more useful effect in your life – being able to tell liars from non-liars.

But of course, if you believe that, you believe total bullshit, right? I just made that up on the spot.

Really, it is more, I just think it’s a funner way of teaching [learning] logic than other ways of looking at it. That’s why we have knights and knaves. Otherwise we could have just done boring truth tables.

But again, that could have been a lie as well.




Question asked and answered on April 10th in BIOMEDE 211.