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IN Lifestyle ON 18 Jan, 2016
"Paradox - A statement which leads to a conclusion only to self-contradict."
This is a fine way of teasing the logical minds with contradicting situations. Since ages, different paradoxes have dominated the society. While some of them are solved, yet there are many to be explored. It seems that they are bound to remain the way they are, since ages.
We bring you some of the most baffling paradoxes. If you find any solution or fallacies in these situations let us know in the comment below.
Ready to race your brain?
The line below is true.The line above is false. If statement 1 is true, so is the 2nd one. However, if 2nd statement is true, then the 1st one is false. Now, 1st statement is false means so is the 2nd one. Not to forget, if the 2nd is false, then 1st is true. That means the 1st statement is true and false at the same time. Don't get tangled in the web of 1st and 2nd, there are more to come!
Judge says the prisoner will be hanged some day between Monday and Friday and it will be a surprise. Now, the execution cannot be on Friday as he will be prepared as he is still alive on Thursday. Applying the same logic, it cannot be on any other day. However, the executioner arrives is unexpected and takes the prisoner by surprise. A paradox which is baffling many since ages. Can you solve it?
Mr. Adam takes Amy as a junior on the agreement that she will pay him after she wins her first court case. However, Amy doesn't take up law profession and refuses to pay Mr. Adams. Now, he files a case against her and argues that if he wins he will get his fees. However, if Amy wins she won't have to pay the money by court's decision. On the other hand, if she loses she is not liable to pay the money. Mr. Adams or Amy, who is correct?
Nick is a barber "who shaves all those, and those only, who don't shave themselves." The question is who shaves nick? He only shaves those who don't shave themselves, but he cannot shave himself. If he does so, he won't be a barber anymore. *where are you going? To shave?*
A pilot requests for a mental evaluation as he is not sane enough to fly a fighter plane. However, the request itself proves that he is sane enough to make the request. How will you beat that? This paradox is born from an absurd British bureaucratic rule during WWII.
After the mind-boggling paradoxes, here's a simple one for you. Popularly known as Socratic Paradox this phrase states "I know that I know nothing." Now, when you know nothing, how can you know that!
This popular paradox poses a question, if all the components of an object are replaced, then does it fundamentally remains the same object? What's your take?
When we remove a grain from a heap of sand, it remains a heap. However, performing the same activity leaves us with a single piece of grain. Now, the question is whether a single grain of sand is still a heap? If not, then when did it changed?
"What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?" Forward this story to your friends and let their head spin.