Top Ten Most Mystifying Paradoxes

My current philosophical obsession at the moment is paradoxes. I’m that freaky girl at the library who comes to check out with a bazillion books on Locke, Plato, and Aristotle in hand. I read way too much into philosophical thought, I’ll admit it. I’ll drive myself mad trying to analyze it all. I thought it would be a marvelous idea to post a few of my favorite paradoxes on here. Prepare for some deep, mind-boggling thinking!

 

  1. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
  2. What would happen if Pinocchio said “My nose will be growing”?
  3. It is opposite day today.Therefore it is not opposite day, but if you say it is a normal day it would be considered a normal day
  4. It is possible to play two losing games alternately to eventually win.
  5. Why is the night sky black if there is an infinity of stars?
  6. You travel back in time and kill a famous person in history before they become famous; but if the person had never been famous then he could not have been targeted as a famous person.
  7.  If all truths are knowable, then all truths must in fact be known.
  8. We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
  9. To obey this rule, it is necessary to ignore it.
  10. A Cretan sails to Greece and says to some Greek men who are standing upon the shore: “All Cretans are liars.” Did he speak the truth, or did he lie?
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