Imagine that a large group of renowned philosophers asks you to judge their debate on a question of great importance to life, the universe, and everything. You listen carefully as each philosopher speaks in turn. Finally, when all the philosophers have exhausted all their lines of argument, you review your notes and perceive two things, as follows:
- Every philosopher disagrees with every other
- No one philosopher is much more convincing than the others
From your first observation, you infer that at most one of the philosophers is right; however, it is possible that all the philosophers could be wrong. Then, from your second observation, you begin to fear that you are at risk of picking a philosopher who is wrong, even if one of the philosophers is correct. Any way you look at it, these people have made you late for...