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Writergirl
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Hi guys! I write a blog about paradoxes, scientific and philosophical, at http://www.paradoxtalk.com . I just posted a funny one about the Crocodile Paradox, but most of them dive into some pretty deep concepts. From the God paradox to the Barber paradox, I draw these quirks of logic into a bigger picture.
Do you guys know any good paradoxes? I don't know much about computers, are there any I might be missing out on?
(This sentence is a lie.)
Thanks!

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Some computer circuits depend on paradoxes. Look at the flip flop and the latch.

In analog circuitry, feedback loops are an... uh.... analogue of paradoxes. Feeding the output back into the input (sometimes reversed) damps or strengthens a signal.

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Soupspoon
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Look into Zeno's padadoxes (or paradoxen? ) many of which boil down to halving.

The Achilles/Tortoise one (swift Achilles will never catch the tortoise) sometimes gets incorrectly conflated by the arrow one (an arrow in flight is not moving) by Achilles loosing an arrow at the tortoise, instead. And the dichotomy paradox (to get somewhere, you must first get half way there, but to get half way there...) is also tied to both. But the solution to much of that boils down to integrals/summation of infinite sets, or even finitely as with his "sound of grains falling" one.

(I suspect that place and value and place/value thoughts from multiple sources gravitated in upon the name of Zeno due to the similarities.)

Which tangentially reminds me of the possibly at least as much speciously related (NPI!), but a different and more modern thing, is the existence of Ring Species, and what that means in defining what separate species are.

Writergirl
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Yeah, I love Zeno's stuff. I did cover it, but I did it in late December, so it has a distinct Christmas theme. I think I'll go back and edit it soon.
Ring species are new to me, though. I'll definitely take a look!

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Writergirl wrote:Yeah, I love Zeno's stuff. I did cover it, but I did it in late December, so it has a distinct Christmas theme. I think I'll go back and edit it soon.

I got down to "First Post- the Preface Paradox", dated January, and that appeared to be the first, in reality as well as by title and timestamp. But the the blog-content server backend seems to do strange things in conjunction with my browser (having scrolled down to see that, the top of page article is now the Monty Hall one, not all the others I'd read down from), so maybe I just need to click things in sidelinks that I haven't yet bothered to click..

Writergirl
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Soupspoon wrote:I got down to "First Post- the Preface Paradox", dated January, and that appeared to be the first, in reality as well as by title and timestamp.

I initially posted everything on the blog in an Imzy community at http://www.imzy.com/paradoxes . I moved them over to a blog all at once when I realized I was basically acting like I had a blog, in something that wasn't a blog.

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