It's human nature to enjoy paradoxes. That's why I am going to give you some perplexing paradoxes that will baffle you.
5. Paradox of Court
A lawyer is taught by a teacher. After he finishes his training, the teacher says to him- "You will pay me after you have won your first case." However, the lawyer refuses. The teacher is furious and decides to take the matter to court. If the lawyer wins the case, that means he will not have to pay. But he has to pay when he wins his first case, so technically, he is obliged to pay. If the teacher wins, he will have to pay, but since he is only supposed to pay after he WINS his first case, so he doesn't have to pay, right?
Contradictory Question: Will the lawyer pay or not?
4. Ship of Theseus
You have a ship consisting of 100 planks of wood. Every year, you remove one old plank and replace it with a new plank. You store the old planks in a store house. Eventually, all the 100 planks of wood have been replaced. (Don't ask how you have managed to survive for 100 years.) So then, you decide to build a boat using the old planks of wood.
Contradictory Question: Which is the original boat?
Get ready for your brain to perish.
3. Omnipotence Paradox
So, an omnipotent being is something that can do anything. Literally. So imagine that an omnipotent being creates a boulder which is so heavy that nobody can pick it up. So he would also not be able to pick it up. But then he can't be an omnipotent being. But if he can pick up the boulder, then he wouldn't have been able to create a boulder that nobody can pick up, so again, he is not an omnipotent being.
Contradictory Question: Can he pick it up or not?
2. Paradox of the Heap
Let's say you have a heap of sand, and to be exact, exactly 1000 grains. Now you extract one grain of sand. Now you have 999 grains of sand. So it is still a heap, right? So by this logic, if you take out one grain of sand from a heap, it will still be a heap. So you patiently take out each individual grain of sand until you have one grain left. So here's the question.
Contradictory Question: Does one grain of sand constitute as a heap or is there no such thing as a heap at all?
1. The Grandfather Paradox
This is a popular one. Say you travel back in time and kill your grandfather before he met your grandmother. That would mean that you wouldn't be alive so you couldn't kill him in the first place, but if he is alive that means that you are alive, so you could kill him.
Contradictory Question: What happens if you kill your grandfather?
So did these paradoxes blow your mind? If you didn't get them, search the name of the paradox for a clearer definition.
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