P or not P? That is the question.

Opinion polls do not reliably assess philosophical worth.

Here's an argument:

Let P be the proposition that “opinion polls reliably assess philosophical worth”.

Premise 1. If P is true, then we should submit P to the judgment of an opinion poll.
Premise 2. When submitted to the judgment of an opinion poll, P comes out false.
Therefore, if P is true then P is false.

Rational people are best advised to avoid believing contradictions, thus rational people are best advised to avoid believing P.

Of course, the above argument depends on, among other things, the truth of premise 2.

Let’s decide things this way:

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