"This statement.." Statement, signpost?

This statement is false.

Which statement?

Should we suppose that statements can reach out from their page and point to their own position on it? in preference to the positions of other statements on the page, or missing statements?
And what is being pointed at? All we see at first is a collection of marks. But then the marks suggest the idea of a signpost - “this…” But “this” appears to be a signpost that points to a physical position on the page -“here”; “this statement…” does not allude to a meaningful statement - it simply flags up “here”. But then we were there, looking at the marks before we recognised them as a signpost.

[“This statement…” is physical (because positional) reductionism. There is no epistemological exchange across elements in a reduction. There is only one thing that can show or flag up “here”, and it is not “this statement…”, it is a life-form. That is why I have said that self-reference is animism.]

Not as false as this one.

oh boy, ur just so nitpicky, i wonder when you’ll start caring about things that matter. all you ever talk about is semantic bullshit, but…who cares?

anyway, if you can’t accept that a statement can refer to itself, at the very least a statement can refer to another statement.

The Taj Mahal is standing.
The previous statement is true.

You’re okay with this I presume.

So with this format, we can restate the paradox of your original post in a way that’s going to be harder for you to arbitrarily nitpick.

The following statement is true.
The previous statement is false.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I have looked everywhere, everywhere man, and I can’t find EITHER of them. What a complete sheist.

Which is a “previous” statement? if it’s the sentence itself then it has no truth value, it’s only a signpost.

Actually, it says ‘statement’. Not ‘the previous signpost’. So it is referring to the previous statement. Not to the ‘signpost’.

‘Signposts’ and ‘statements’ are different things.

you don’t know what previous means?

Which is “the” previous statement?

Or, to paraphrase yourself:

“Well”, “I” “don’t” “know” “about” “you”, “but” “I” “have” “looked” “everywhere”, “everywhere” “man”, “and” “I” “can’t” “find” “EITHER” “of” “them”. “What” “a” “complete” “sheist”.

why doesn’t john know what previous means? that’s weird