5 Mind-Bending paradoxes

I’m going to start this one by programmatically fixing a greeting problem; the point is I feel like greeting every of my reader that reads this, and also correctly at the exact time you are reading this.

So am going to say GOOD TIME, well, what is TIME? it’s a variable that holds whatever time you are reading this, that is your current time is the value, and the variable must be filled by the reader mentally by looking at the TIME at this time. So what is a variable? Variables are used to store information to be referenced and used by programs, in this case, you.

So at this TIME, we are going to be talking about five mind-bending paradoxes, first of all, let’s define a paradox. A paradox is a logical statement that seems to contradict itself. Ok, let’s start with number 5.

Quick Note Of Warning: Pls don't try to make sense of most of them because then that will also be a paradox.

Suppose you have a ship made of 100 pieces of wood. Every now and then you replace an old piece of wood with a new piece and you keep the old piece in a shed. Over the course of many years, you replace all of the old pieces with new pieces of wood, but that's still the same old ship to you, right? The paradox occurs when you consider what happens when you take all of the old pieces of wood and reassemble them. The question then becomes: which is the original ship.

This paradox asks could an omnipotent being limit its own power? Another way towards it is could God create a stone so heavy that he couldn't lift it. Now, this is paradoxical because if God has unlimited power and could do anything, then sure of course he could create a stone that he couldn't lift. But if that's true then that's something he can't do, hence the paradox.

Imagine that you’re about to set off walking down a street. To reach the other end, you’d first have to walk halfway there. And to walk halfway there, you’d first have to walk a quarter of the way there. And to walk a quarter of the way there, you’d first have to walk an eighth of the way there. And before that a sixteenth of the way there, and then a thirty-second of the way there, a sixty-fourth of the way there, and so on.

Ultimately, in order to perform even the simplest of tasks like walking down a street, you’d have to perform an infinite number of smaller tasks — something that, by definition, is utterly impossible. Not only that, but no matter how small the first part of the journey is said to be, it can always be halved to create another task; the only way in which it cannot be halved would be to consider the first part of the journey to be of absolutely no distance whatsoever, and in order to complete the task of moving no distance whatsoever, you can’t even start your journey in the first place.

Imagine a fletcher (i.e. an arrow-maker) has fired one of his arrows into the air. For the arrow to be considered to be moving, it has to be continually repositioning itself from the place where it is now to any place where it currently isn’t. The Fletcher’s Paradox, however, states that throughout its trajectory the arrow is actually not moving at all. At any given instant of no real duration (in other words, a snapshot in time) during its flight, the arrow cannot move to somewhere it isn’t because there isn’t time for it to do so. And it can’t move to where it is now because it’s already there. So, for that instant in time, the arrow must be stationary. But because all time is comprised entirely of instants — in every one of which the arrow must also be stationary — then the arrow must, in fact, be stationary the entire time. Except, of course, it isn’t.

“ Catch-22,” a satirical World War II novel by Joseph Heller, named the situation where someone is in need of something that can only be had by not being in need of it — which is a kind of self-referential paradox.

Protagonist Yossarian is introduced to the paradox with regard to pilot evaluation but eventually sees paradoxical (and oppressive) rules everywhere he looks. Peace 😊

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