15 paradoxes that will make your head explode
It's a crucial insight from one of the founders of Western philosophy: You should question everything you think you know.Indeed, the closer you look, the more you'll start to recognize paradoxes all around you.
Gus Lubin contributed to an earlier version of this article.
To go anywhere, you must go halfway first, and then you must go half of the remaining distance, and half of the remaining distance, and so forth to infinity: Thus, motion is impossible.
In any instant, a moving object is indistinguishable from a nonmoving object: Thus motion is impossible.Advertisement
If you restored a ship by replacing each of its wooden parts, would it remain the same ship?
Can an omnipotent being create a rock too heavy for itself to lift?Advertisement
There's an infinitely long "horn" that has a finite volume but an infinite surface area.
A heterological word is one that does not describe itself. Does "heterological" describe itself?Advertisement
Pilots can get out of combat duty if they are psychologically unfit, but anyone who tries to get out of combat duty proves he is sane.
There is something interesting about every number.Advertisement
In a bar, there is always at least one customer for whom it is true that if he is drinking, everyone is drinking.
A ball that can be cut into a finite number of pieces can be reassembled into two balls of the same size.Advertisement
A 100-gram potato is 99% water. If it dries to become 98% water, it will weigh only 50 grams.
If just 23 people are in a room, there's a better-than-even chance at least two of them have the same birthday.Advertisement
Most people's friends have more friends than they do.
A physicist working on inventing a time machine is visited by an older version of himself. The older version gives him the plans for a time machine, and the younger version uses those plans to build the time machine, eventually going back in time as the older version of himself.Advertisement
If there's nothing particularly unique about Earth, then there should be lots of alien civilizations in our galaxy. However, we've found no evidence of other intelligent life in the universe.
- The Oxford COVID-19 vaccine will only cost the Indian government $3 per dose, reveals Adar Poonawalla
- Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi passes away at 84 due to post-COVID complications
- Fine for not wearing masks in Goa increased to ₹200
- Here's why former RBI governor Rajan and former deputy Acharya believe the plan to allow corporations to own banks is a 'bad idea'
- Maharashtra government wants a COVID-19 negative test report from passengers coming from Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa