Category Archives: Lesser Thoughts

Don’t Even Bother Asking About The Microwave

“No – your refrigerator is too low-fidelity to be counted as a phonograph: it cannot reproduce sounds at all.” (Hofstadter 406). This retort in Goedel Escher Bach from Achilles to the Tortoise represents the crux of the argument between Zen and the Pragmatist. While Achilles reacts sensibly to the inaudability of the cold plastic disk, isn’t the Tortoise in competition for Zen practitioner of the year?

In my most recent involvement with self-appointed subculture, the Zorba Festival, the nerve centre of all Negev Desert chill-outs, I lost a similar battle but wouldn’t know it until too late. The tent was in fact patchwork canvas over a geodesic dome, the time late, and the attendees personified bric-a-brac.… Read the rest

Paradox?

Should you take someone else’s advice to trust yourself?

Proof

Case 1:

Suppose yes. Then you should take someone’s advice to trust yourself. So you should trust yourself. But if you trusted yourself you wouldn’t take someone else’s advice. Contradiction.

Case 2:

Suppose no. Then you should not take someone’s advice to trust yourself. So you should not trust yourself. If should not trust yourself then you ought to take other people’s advice. Contradiction.

 

Since both yes and no to this question lead to contradiction then the question presents a paradox. Q.E.D.

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