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
In the Crocodile Paradox, a woman is crossing a bridge over a swamp when she trips and drops her baby into the water. The titular crocodile, hungry and mean, grabs the baby and climbs onto the bridge.
This becomes much more distressing when you realize that this doesn’t just apply to ships, or even just to machines. You, dear reader, are a Ship of Theseus.
(I started to cover the Barber paradox, but then I realized that it has been presented in just about the exact same form all over the internet, and people often get hung up on the gender of the barber, which really isn’t the point. So, here's a gender-neutral version. Enjoy.) Here’s a rule that we’re … Continue reading The Tailor Paradox (The Barber Paradox)
As it turns out, lots of things in our lives are types of heaps.
Heterological is insane.
When you’re trying to prove something, nine times out of ten you aren’t using only deduction, which is taking general rules and applying them to a specific case. Most of the time, you can’t just take rules you already know and apply them- you have to find some evidence. That evidence could be a news … Continue reading The Raven Paradox