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Peto’s paradox

After writing a few recent articles on politics and philosophy, I am happy to do a light one on paradoxes again – today: Peto’s paradox. Peto’s paradox is not a humorous one, like the South Park paradox, but one of those nerdy science ones like the Ross-Littlewood paradox. Peto’s paradox originates from a relatively simple observation by … Richard Peto that there is no correlation between the size of an animal and risk of cancer....

Michelangelo's Creation of Adam

Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ paradox

One of the most famous art works in the West, and perhaps even across the world, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam is an enigma in more than one way. There have been numerous theories on the nature of the art-piece, its position on the ceiling (of the Sistine Chapel), its meaning, and generally its alarming imposition on us as human beings. Enigma that it is in a spiritual/religious sense, it is also paradoxical in the sense of its title...