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Pfffft, No One Likes Instruments

The origin of this is that I was sitting in science 10 after work was complete, talking to, I think, Gwyn and Alexia. The point of music came up, and I, Aiden, mentioned that I liked the sound of the harp, that the accordion was an underrated instrument, and that guitar, while versatile, may be overdone. Alexia responded to this by saying something along the lines of “Pfffft. No one likes instruments anymore. Its all synth.” I questioned her on this, to which she explained:

Premises

1. I know many people.

2 Those many people know many people.

3 They and I all listen to music.

4. None of the music everyone I know listens to contains instruments, and is all electronic.

5. We like this music.

Ergo, no one likes music with instruments.

If this is true, then the social network of Alexia and Gwyn envelops the entirety of earths population that hold and opinion on music. All musicians that use non electronic synthetic instruments do not enjoy the tones they produce. Symphonies are only formed due to tradition. All old music before speakers were manipulated in such a manner that they could produce non recorded music is only listened to for nostalgia, or not listened to at all.

Lets think about this.

Is the argument true? Possibly. Its hard to be certain that no one in the extensive network of chums and cohorts ever regularly listens to music with notes and tones easily replicated by a real instrument.

Is the argument valid? No. This ones pretty clear. The circle of ‘many people’ already excludes the vast majority of the population. The premise that they like electronic music does not prove or disprove their feelings towards music containing instruments

Due to the dubious truth of the premises and the invalid nature, this strain of logic is not sound.

Allow me to forge a counter argument

1. I know many people.

2 Those many people know many people.

3. None of us are white

4. We like each other

Ergo, no one likes white people.

 

And if this is true, then the social network of Alexia and Gwyn envelops the entirety of earths population that hold and opinion on music. All musicians that use non electronic synthetic instruments do not enjoy the tones they produce. Symphonies are only formed due to tradition. All old music before speakers were manipulated in such a manner that they could produce non recorded music is only listened to for nostalgia, or not listened to at all.

Luckily, there are few real world implications to the misguided remarks of incomplete humanoids such as we, unless greatly spread and believed. However, beliefs like this are the origin of ‘band geek’ humour, and is a basis for exclusion based on musical tastes. and so the unstable or sensitive may be harmed.

 

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