More incipient reasoning from my eldest nephew (‘N-E’).
Driving home from pre-school on Monday, he told me that ‘All ‘droids are bad guys’.
A categorical statement!
I had his backpack riding shotgun. The backpack shows three-dimensional faces of Yoda, a stormtrooper, Darth Vader, and R2-D2. So I picked it up and pointed to R2, and said ‘Hey, R2 is a ‘droid, and he’s not a bad guy, he’s a good guy’.
There followed a mild argument between us, with N-E seeking to explain away the contradiction between his general statement and my specific statement by arguing variously that R2:
- must be evil, because he was a ‘droid; and
- is just a guy in a metallic barrel suit, and therefore isn’t a ‘droid.
He had his categorical statement, and he was sticking to it, and he was making arguments to invalidate my specific statement.
I enjoyed that.