This post is going to make your brain hurt. I promise you that.
Inception was a work-out for any and all humans’ brains. I won’t bore you with a summary of the film, as it would be too long. Besides, you’ve likely seen the film. If you haven’t shame on you. But today, we’re talking about paradoxes. That probably sounds insanely bland and uninteresting, but stick around. You’re in for a treat.
A paradox is defined as being an argument that produces an inconsistency, typically within logic or common sense.
Read this statement:
“The following sentence is true.”
“The previous sentence is false.”
I don’t even know what to say. It’s a loop in which one statement discredits the other. How about this one? I’m sure you’ve heard it before.
What happen’s when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
This is a paradox. An unstoppable force is not possible if it can be stopped by an immovable object. An immovable object cannot exist if an unstoppable force can move it. Here’s another.
Nothing is impossible
If this were the case, then something being impossible is possible. According to this, everything is possible, including the fact that something can be impossible. Read this:
‘A father and his son are driving down the highway. The car crashes into a telephone pole and the father is killed. The boy is rushed to the hospital where he is being readied for an immediate surgery. After he is brought into the surgery room, the surgeon says, “I can’t operate on this boy. He’s my son.”‘
So how is this possible? The father died, right? Correct. He died in the car crash. The surgeon, however, is his mother. The fact that you likely didn’t consider that possibility is because of something called ‘hasty generalization.’ It’s the brain’s way of filling in the blanks without actually analyzing the situation. Because there was more text below that passage, you knew that you had to keep on reading. You were in a rush to move on, and so you didn’t think to analyze the passage infront of you.
Nobody goes to that restaurant because it is too crowded.
When I was younger, I would always have this mentality. Once Labor Day came around and my family contemplated going to the beach, my dad would say that we couldn’t go because it was too crowded. But really, if nobody goes to the beach because they are under the assumption that it’s too crowded, will it still be crowded?
Remember this from Inception? Remember how Dom aligned the mirrors to simulate a paradox? Is the first layer of this picture in the notebook like every other picture, or is this the artist gazing down at his work?
Look at this one:
Is this person looking at death, or is death inside of her? It’s a paradox in a way.
What is better? Eternal bliss or a Simple bread?
Well, nothing is better than eternal bliss. Simple bread, however, is better than nothing. Therefore, simple bread is, by logic, better than eternal bliss.
I could go on and on, as paradoxes are limitless. My brain seriously hurts right now. What do you think of all this stuff? Was it interesting or boring? Did you even get through the whole thing? Let me know in the comments below.