The taller half of the magician duo Penn & Teller, Penn Jillette has helpfully pointed out that Donald Trump is ’worse than the worst thing you can think of’, but in doing so he has created a logical black hole from which escape is impossible.
Philosophers and logicians are now working on parsing the statement of magician Penn Jillette to ascertain its relation to the world-as-it-is.
“The problem here,” says Christopher Jimmoux, philosopher of language and meaning at Edinburgh University, “is that if Donald Trump is worse than the worst thing you can think of, and, in comprehending Penn Jillette’s statement you think of ‘Donald Trump’ you have then thought of a new ‘worst thing.’ But Donald Trump is worse than that too.”
Philosophers are troubled by the increasingly baffling situation. If what Penn Jillette says is true then Donald Trump is worse than Donald Trump. Which itself is impossible. But then the second Donald Trump, which we call Donald Trump2, in being an object of your thinking, is not as bad as the Donald Trump you have not thought of. This Donald Trump, the worst of them all, and always outside of thought and about which you cannot think, has been labelled Donald Trump+1 by philosophers.
“If you think of the worst thing,” explains Jimmoux, “lets says a hundred babies nailed to a tree. That’s pretty bad. But Trump is worse. But Trump2 is worse than that. And Trump3 is worse than that, and so on for infinity or until you reach the limit of your brain’s ability to think of ‘a worse thing.’ That’s where we find the incomprehensible Trump+1.”
“Of course, simply by positing the existence of such a thing as Trump+1 we have, in some sense, comprehended and thought of it. So we’re back at square one in a sense.”
Is it probable that there are many, many things the human brain can’t comprehend and for which there’s no evidence. But it is strange that prominent sceptic and atheist Jillette claims knowledge of such a thing.
“He must have had an epiphany,” says anti-theist Chris Trait, “he saw it in a dream or mystical vision or something. Probably when his Magic Swirtle ice cream simultaneously won and lost on Celebrity Apprentice.”
“Penn Jillette has embroiled us all in a verbal Escher painting, propelled us into a logical conundrum and impossibility from which we can never escape,” concluded mental patient, and former logician, Fida Canaz. “Either that or he’s bullshitting us to make us vote for Gary Johnson.”