Friday, May 15, 2009

Very advanced applied epistemology

In anticipation to the sequel to one of the worst movies I've ever seen (I can't wait to see it!), I thought I'd again ask this question: if you were to discover by means of a DNA test that someone is a living descendant of Mary Magdalene, can you knowingly infer that this same someone is the living descendant of Jesus?

(Assume Mary Magdalene is not herself a descendant of Jesus.)

Shouldn't Ron Howard be working on his Arrested Development film?


Lewis said...

I'll say no because of the possibility of Mary having had other children.

Anonymous said...

Only if you believe mythical people have mythical descendants.

Lewis said...

Sorry, that should have said "children with another person".