Zeno’s paradoxes

Zeno of Elea (c. 490 – c. 430 BC) is one of the most enigmatic pre-Socratic philosophers. Though none of his own works have survived, there are fragmentary mentions of his on the classics like Aristotle and Plato. He was a member of the Eleatic School and, according to Plato at least, aimed to reinfoced Parmenides’s arguments (Parmenides being the founder of the school). While we know very little of Zeno himself, other than some […]

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 […]

The Ross-Littlewood paradox, or Zeno part 3

The Zeno paradox discussed in the previous posts (part 1 and part 2) has one of the most fascinating variations known to man. It is so sublime, that one is stunned by the grand ingenuity of it. No kidding, for a few milliseconds you will literally be stunned. The idea dates back to a publication from 1954 by J.F. Thomson with an interesting title: “Tasks and Super-tasks” (free to read on JSTOR, given you register). A ‘supertask’ (coined by […]

Zeno’s paradox of motion – part 2

In this post we return to Zeno’s paradox of motion in order to point out another aspect of it. Where in the previous post, we concluded that his paradox points towards motion being inconceivable due to infinite divisibility of space (Aristotle calls it “bisection”), in this one we’ll refer to time. Zeno’s paradox is best explained through his example of a flying arrow. As Aristotle describes the paradox: “if everything when it occupies an equal […]