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The Heap arises at the onset of uncertainty . In practice, the Heap contains a boring number of sand grains ; and the smallest Heap contains the smallest boring number of sand grains! 18 Diamond, A Paradox Logic Finitude. Finite is the opposite of infinite; but in paradox-land, that's no excuse! In fact the concept of finiteness is highly paradoxical; for though finite numbers are finite individually and in finite groups, yet they form an infinity. Let us attempt to evaluate finiteness. Let F ='finitude', or'finity; the generic finite expression .

These normal forms are just like their counterparts in boolean logic, except that they allow differential terms. 46 Diamond, A Paradox Logic Theorem: The Primary Normal Forms F(x) = (A and x) or (B and not(x)) or (C and dx) or D F(x) = (a or not(x)) and (b or x) and (c or Dx) and d where A,B,C,D,a,b,c,d are all free of variable x, and: AorD = F(t) = aandd B or D = F(f) = b and d A or B or C or D = F(i) or F(j) = d D = F(i) and F(j) = a and b and c and d Proof: We get the first two equations from the Disjunctive and Conjunctive Normal Forms by collecting like terms with respect to the variable x.

Students of feasibility will recognize this as a variant of the Boolean Consistency Problem, and therefore NP-complete. Diamond logic's completeness suggest this: Conjecture. Diamond is a "categorical" DeMorgan algebra: Any De Morgan algebra is a subalgebra of images of products of diamond . These De Morgan algebras need not have the Interference axiom; they are subalgebras of ones that do. Thus diamond is to De Morgan algebras as two-valued logic is to Boolean algebra. I consider diamond to be a 2-dimensional extension of twovalued logic that solves paradox, just as the complex numbers are a 2dimensional extension of the real line that solves x2=- 1 .