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Is the Parrot Really Dead? -Adam Nowak

I really did not wish to get into anything serious today so i decided to use an old Monty Python sketch for my argument assignment, and here are the premises:

Premise 1: The parrot is not dead but resting

Premise 2: the parrot did not wake up when hit against the table as it had been stunned in that action

Premise 3: when bought, the parrot was not moving as it had been squawking for a while prior, and was asleep

Premise 4: if the parrot had not been nailed upright on the perch, it would have escaped through the bars

Conclusion: the parrot is alive

Arguments: the customer argues that the bird is dead as it fell off the perch it had been nailed to when he got home, despite assurances from the clerk that the parrot was just asleep. He further goes on to mention how various techniques that should wake the bird have failed. The clerk manages to refute the points with the premises above, and although they do not directly lead to the conclusion, his argument is more a refutation of the customer’s than a stand-alone idea.

Soundness: All the premises are false, and therefore the argument can neither be considered true nor sound. The premises, though starkly false, do manage to refute all of the points brought up by the customer in this argument. The argument is still not valid however, as even with all the premises being true, there are still ways in which death could be proven such as heart rate and body temperature.


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