To many people, learning about the universe can be terrifying. Everything is so big, and it can make you feel insignificant. Religion is one way around this problem. If you think that a god is on your side, the size of the universe isn't scary. But I'm Atheist, and that's not about to change. But … Continue reading How To Fight Existential Terror (Totally Unrelated to Paradoxes)
This is, far and away, the most unsettling paradox I have covered here. If you are easily upset by thinking about philosophical, existential creepiness, you probably shouldn’t read this. You have been warned. So. The universe. You know the one. Big place, lots of room, with black holes and stars and planets and stuff. … Continue reading Boltzmann brains
I was starting to procrastinate writing this, so I went to my YouTube subscription feed. And lo and behold, what should I see, but a video on Simpson's Paradox! It was a sign! I’d heard of this paradox before, but I’d kinda forgotten it. So, Simpson’s paradox isn’t about doughnuts or cartoon characters, sadly, it … Continue reading Simpson’s Paradox- Not the Cartoon Character, Sorry.
Now, I fancy myself something of a fun fact connoisseur. Off the top of my head, I can tell you that humans are the best long-distance hot-weather runners in the animal kingdom (no, really), when the Big Bang was first discovered the technicians thought it might be bird poop on their telescope, and, as longtime … Continue reading Moravec’s Paradox- Artificial Intelligence is weird.
What’s your favorite number? I think that can say a lot about a person. Personally, my favorite natural number is 7, because it’s somehow inherently funny, don’t you think? Whenever someone asks me a question that requires a numerical answer- anything from “how many of those did you eat?” to “how many stars are in … Continue reading Interesting Number Paradox
-Now! What do we want? Time travel! When do we want it?- That’s right you guys, it’s finally time travel time. This paradox is all about what happens when you go back in time and try to add something. You could use this paradox with objects, people, whatever, but I’m going to start with an … Continue reading The Bootstrap Paradox
Apologies for the short one today- I usually write these in a burst of motivation, and I haven’t really had one of those this week. The Liar’s Paradox is the simplest paradox there is. It’s just one sentence long, and it’s a total mindblow. Here it is. “This sentence is a lie.” Well, is it? … Continue reading The Liar’s Paradox
Guys, this is a public service announcement: infinity is CRAZY. Infinity is BIG. In fact it is SO BIG that when you’re talking about it, you TRIP over PARADOXES like they are LEGO pieces and BOXES in your house in the middle of the night when you just want to PEE. One of the many … Continue reading Hilbert’s Paradox of the Grand Hotel
I was delighted yesterday to find this comment from Jose underneath my Paradox of Choice description. It is at least 100X more insightful and interesting than the post itself, and I thought I might post it up here, so all three of you can see it, lol. "Grocery stores have researched this quite a bit. … Continue reading FOLLOW UP: Paradox of Choice
Ok, here’s the deal. I want to cover the Paradox of Choice, because I think it’s a really cool concept to have in your head. However, in the course of researching it, I discovered that there isn’t a ton of experimental evidence supporting it. So, take this with a grain of salt. I’ll do a … Continue reading Paradox of Choice