PARADOXES

What are paradoxes?  How are they used in our everyday world?  Fist, let us take a look at the Webster Meaning of Paradoxes.

Paradoxes-1.  A statement or proposition that despite sound, (or apparently sound) reasoning, from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.  2.  A seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained, may prove to be well-founded or true.

Daily Wisdom Word Meaning of Paradoxes-1.  Conclusions that seem senseless, yet sound, as if they are based on reasoning, and although sometimes, not logical in explanation, may very well be true.

Paradoxes are a part of life.  They sometimes sound logical and sound, but are untrue, or they sound illogical and unsound but are true.  That is to say, Paradoxes are a sort of double-meaning either ending or beginning at the same place.  Paradoxes can sound so logical and matter of fact that we don’t second guess them, but we should, because when logic and reasoning is tested against them these theories don’t make any sense.

Paradoxes, also known as antinomy’s, seem to be something like this if you were to compare it to a mathematical equaton:  a + b=d, so d+ a -b must equal c.  This is the best comparison I could come up with as paradoxes do describe mathematical equations sometimes.  Paradoxes also might be something like this:  It is raining outside and cold, so it is definitely going to snow.  Although logically, this seems to make sense, there is no guarantee that it will snow;  Just a good possibility that it will snow.

My older sister is the queen of paradoxes.  She often explains things so matter of factly, you would never dream of second-guessing her, but you should, because at the end of the day, what she says is in many ways malarkey.  Paradoxes are often partially true, making them all the more confusing.

There is actually a Potato Paradox.  If you have 100 potatoes overnight, they dry out.  Roughly, One percent of the potatoes would dry out overnight, right?  Leaving 99% of the potatoes with concentration, right?  Wrong.  There is far more to this formula, based on a mathematical vortex throwing our logic off by what should be true.  Paradoxes in life, are things that appear to make sense, but really, when mathematically broken down, don’t. (see studies done by Dunbar).  We have a cognitive limit our brains logically conclude to.  However, our conclusions are incorrect when we try to run these numbers into mathematical theories.

In short, these are paradoxes, as our calculations logically are true, but they are not, mathematically.  We aren’t thinking deep enough.  Paradoxes are sometimes mathematical tricks, and sometimes verbal tricks, making paradoxes a “Wise Wisdom Word”, because if you know what is behind a paradox, you can find out the correct answer.

I could go on and on about paradoxes, but I have described them well enough for you to write a poem, quote, or short story about them.  Mathematical theories are all based on Dunbar’s theories.  Google this if you have a further interest in paradoxes.

One last thing:  Facebook is not the number of people you could be friends with;  it is the number of friends you actually have based on what a real friend is.  This is one last example of a paradoxical formula you could take further and calculate and come out with a correct answer that, at first glance doesn’t seem to make sense logically but does.

 

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