Another great article on Wikipedia we should get our hands on is this list of paradoxes. My head was exploding while reading it, but I’m here to present these paradoxes in a more understandable way. Lets do it!
1. Barber paradox
A male barber shaves all and only those men who do not shave themselves. Does he shave himself?
If he will try to shave himself this means he will break his promise of not shaving people who shave themselves thus becoming a disgrace and the shame of his parents and he will be forced to leave the town and live in a cave until the end of his life so barber please go to someone else for a shave!!!
2. Boy or Girl paradox
A two-child family has at least one boy. What is the probability that it has a girl?
Hard to say in our tough times… What if it identifies itself as an attack helicopter?
3. Curry’s paradox
“If this sentence is true, then Santa Claus exists.”
Wait what?! Santa isn’t real??? Moment please, I got some talk with my parents. Moooom!
*Mom, isn’t Santa real?*
*No dumbass, it was always your father*
4. Knower paradox
“This sentence is not known.”
It is already because I shared it with you folks.
5. Pinocchio paradox
What would happen if Pinocchio said “My nose grows now”?
The nose will grow a little bit. And then it will shrink back. After, it will grow again. And it will be stuck in this infinite loop of grow-shrink releasing tiny amounts of energy around Pinocchio by agitating air particles around it so an entire power plant will be built around Pinocchio which will provide power for the entire world but Pinocchio will remain a prisoner for the rest of his life in that dark and cold power plant BOOM!
6. Socratic paradox
“All I know is that I know nothing.”
I keep discovering this paradox at every exam I have.
7. Ship of Theseus
It seems like you can replace any component of a ship, and it is still the same ship. So you can replace them all, one at a time, and it is still the same ship. However, you can then take all the original pieces, and assemble them into a ship. That, too, is the same ship you began with.
Congrats Theseus! You have just invented cloning!
(My opinion is that the original ship will be the one built from the parts you have taken from it in the first step, and the second ship is the one assembled from the new pieces, but who knows? Would really like to know your opinion, so you can write it in comments)
8. Sorites paradox
If you remove a single grain of sand from a heap, you still have a heap. Keep removing single grains, and the heap will disappear. Can a single grain of sand make the difference between heap and non-heap?
1 grain = 1 grain, 2 grains = heap
(that’s hecking dumb I know please don’t judge I thought so much however I could not come with something better here)
9. Friendship paradox
For almost everyone, their friends have more friends than they do.
What? What friends? I ain’t got no friends.
10. Thomson’s lamp
After flicking a lamp on and off infinitely often, is it on or off?
You will break the damn lamp. However if this is that jumping Pixar lamp, most likely you will turn it on from so much fingering
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Actually, physics time:
This paradox resembles Schrodinger’s cat. It’s like quantum superposition (hell yeah I’m smart). The lamp is on and off until you actually decide to stop and check on it if it’s on or off.
Did you enjoy this list with paradoxes? Leave a comment with the craziest explanations you got for them and I’ll be more than happy to read them! See you in the next article!