Post your favorite paradoxes, I'll start:
The Stability Paradox
1. The more stable something is, the less energy is needed to destabilize it
2. An infinite amount of stability would require precisely zero energy to destabilize
Conclusion: stability is inherently unstable
That picture isn't a paradox. Pinocchio's nose grows if he's telling a lie, but his statement that "My nose will grow now!" is speculation and has yet to be confirmed, i.e. it's reliant upon the effects of that statement as to whether or not he's telling a lie; prior to that, he doesn't know if it's a lie or truth.
Stating something that isn't true, or impossible, isn't the same as a lie. Saying "my nose will grow now" is, as stated already, his own speculation. If someone asked him "Does your nose grow if you tell a lie?" and he says "no," knowing that it in fact does this, then it would grow because he has lied.
Lying is a sociological phenomenon in which one person knowingly deceived another person. If someone asks me what the capital of New York state is and I say "New York city," that's not me lying, it's just me being ignorant.
Alternatively, if someone asked whether I knew what the capital of NY is and I said "yes" but I in fact don't, that's lying, no doubt so that I can deceive the other person in thinking I'm not a dumb fuck.
Tangentially (very tangentially) related:
Appetizer: Professor of logic speaks about paradoxes, Aristotelian logic, plurivalent logic and Buddhism.
It's neither dumb nor esoteric. Short and intelligent. Worth a read.
As the guy who Hiro quoted for the sticky - if it's literature, it belongs in /lit/. If it's not, it's at risk of being removed.
I wish I had put more time into crafting the message, but when you see an 8-minute-old thread from moot's successor, you need to strike while the iron is hot.
"History" (Record) and "Literature" (Fiction) are the two humanities strong enough to carry boards, and they're also two relatively distinct loci with different that the other humanities converse with. Literature should be "Literature & Humanities" also.
the more responsibility a person takes on
the more freedom he has to do as he please
the more freedom a person has
the greater the implicit obligation of ensuring the existence of said freedom or suffer it's eventual dissipation
conclusion: freedom is responsibility
I don't really understand OP.
>1. The more stable something is, the less energy is needed to destabilize it
Shouldn't it take MORE energy to destabilize a stable system, than an unstable one?