Tagged: paradox

Kenyan lawyer sues ‘Israel’ for killing Jesus – some responses

Kenyan lawyer sues ‘Israel’ for killing Jesus – some responses

You can find the original post following this link: Kenyan lawyer sues ‘Israel’ for killing Jesus. What follows are some responses I have gotten from a number of facebook groups. Some are funny, some are serious, but most of them are pretty harmless to be reproduced here. Andrew Holehouse Yep now we know !, only a kenyan can prove a deity true or false. Has he remembered he has to prove his existance legally to...

Philosophy jokes – part 1 (random)

Philosophy jokes – part 1 (random)

Some philosophy jokes I have gathered online. Enjoy! See also philosophy jokes part 2 (therefore p) and part 3 (why did the chicken cross the road?) Dean to the physics department: “Why do I always have to give you guys so much money, for laboratories and expensive equipment, continuous research, etc. Why couldn’t you be like the math department – all they need is money for pencils, paper and waste-paper baskets. Or even better, like the...

Sextus Empiricus, Agrippa's trilemma

Agrippa’s paradox (Sextus Empiricus’ modi), and Nietzsche’s insight

There is almost nothing we know about the person attributed with today’s paradox. In fact, Wikipedia even denies him this attribution (or rather, it denies to call the paradox after him). One of the reasons is perhaps that we actually know very little about Agrippa, except from the writing of Sextus Empiricus [sidenote: now that’s an interesting name]. In fact, we don’t even know his (or her?) name for sure. Another could be that many have come up...

Rene Descartes

Descartes’ dream paradox

Descartes, viewed in history of philosophy as the founder of modern philosophy, starts his Meditations with a paradox that has beguiled philosophers since. In very simplistic terms, Descartes points towards the doubts we should have from occurrences we have perceived through our sense. Because our senses can deceive us, we should try to find something else that may substitute for our understanding (knowledge): All that I have, up to this moment, accepted as possessed of...

Paradox definition & examples

Paradox definition & examples

Dictionary Definitions According to Cambridge Dictionary, a paradox is a statement or situation that may be true but seems impossible or difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics Unpacking a dictionary definition to an actual usage, we can have four different ways of using the word paradox: a statement that is made up of opposites and sounds or seems impossible, but upon further reflection is not and could be true a self-contradictory...

John Connor is Jesus

Time Paradox of the Day, or why John Connor is Jesus

Perceived time versus reality. In theory, everyone is subject to their own reality, this in effect creates a time paradox that is unique to every individual. That being said, there are a couple of main points when it comes to thinking about the perception of time. First, time doesn’t ever slow down or speed up. It can’t. It would violate many laws of physics, not to mention create unknown paradoxes within the universe. You can’t...

Freedom response

The paradox of freedom – a response

The paradox of freedom article has generated an interesting debate on the possibility of a solution. Where it was initially claimed that the paradox of freedom does not have a solution, the contention now is that there is more to the paradox than said initially. As Joe Weinstein promptly observes, the connection between freedom and chaos is arbitrarily made and follows my presuppositions of a Hobbesian (and to an extent Arendtian) view – however, this presupposition...

Freedom

The paradox of freedom (Karl Popper)

Having written on the paradox of choice (part 1 and part 2), it has come to my attention that there is a confusion between that paradox and paradox of freedom. For some reason, the current view of the paradox is that one is free, but is unable to be free: a form of an innate inability to act freely, while having all the opportunities to do so; or psychological habit to act according to some...

Noam Wasserman

Paradox of entrepreneurship (Noam Wasserman) applied to morality

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal points to an interesting paradox: Call it the paradox of entrepreneurship: The very thing it takes to start a business often ends up destroying it. How is that possible? Quite simple, what all business start-ups have in common is the drive or passion that the founders have. And it is this passion, the relentless and uncompromising belief in the idea (with a pinch of egoism) that causes the failure....

Paradox of choice book cover

Paradox of choice – part 2

In a previous article on paradox of choice, I concluded that Barry Schwartz was mistaken in identifying choice with desire. Hence, the paradox of choice presented by him touches upon the value of choice for purchased goods and the role the variety of choices has as an effect. Schwartz’ conclusion is that too much choice leads to paralysis on the one hand, and diminishes our happiness after the choice is made on the other. It is the...