It was said that when mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was at a dinner party, he stated that “it is useless talking about inconsistent things, from an inconsistent proposition you can prove anything you like.” This can be illustrated using mathematical methodologies as simple as algebra. However, Russell was too good for just using petty algebra tricks.
Thus, when someone exclaimed, “Yeah, right. Can you prove it?”
Russell replied, “Name an inconsistent proposition.”
“All right, how about 2 = 1?” the man said.
“That’s good enough,” Russell remarked, “what do you want me to prove?”
“I want you to prove that you are the pope,” the man challenged.
“That’s easy,” Russell said, “the pope and I are two, but two equals one, therefore, the pope and I are one.”