Formal and Applied Practical Reasoning

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This design, by Lydia Rivlin, was used as a poster for a Serious Academic Conference and book cover. Apparently it caused some controversy. About its design, Lydia says, “When I had to think of something to illustrate the idea of formal (i.e. mechanical) and applied practical reasoning, this image of a robot chatting up a prostitute sprang straight into my mind. […] I have an idea he is asking her how much she would charge for an oil change—but I could be wrong. ”

Monty Python reminder: “Sex is more fun than logic—one cannot prove this, but it is; in the same sense that Mount Everest is, or that Alma Cogan isn’t.”

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