I live near Seattle Washington, and this Saturday I attended Vegfest, a vegan/vegetarian event in Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. While I am not a vegetarian (yet; one of these days I want to make the leap), it was fun to try all the samples and learn about different recipes. It also got me thinking about … Continue reading The Meat Paradox
I originally posted this article on the Imzy community around Christmas. I planned to post it here after I edited the Christmas stuff out of it, but I think it's more fun this way. Brand-new paradox coming this Wednesday! Zeno’s paradoxes are some of the oldest in the book; they were written around 450 bc. Traditionally, … Continue reading Zeno’s Paradox (Christmas Edition)
I am electrified by the number of people interested in my writing; more than 500 people visited today! I'm so glad to be helping you understand amazing paradoxes, and I hope we can keep this momentum going! Please share this site with your friends, however you can. Let's make the whole world go, "Wait, what? … Continue reading Oh. My. Gosh.
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
here’s where the paradox comes from: look at the sky. Are you blinded, burned to a crisp, and completely annihilated by the heat of infinite suns? No? Well, that’s weird.