Step 134: The Liar’s Paradox

“Accept what is.  Release what was.  Create what must BE.”  ~Andrea Balt

The Liar’s Paradox (Sutherland Careers)

What is it? More famously known as the Epimenides paradox, this is one of the oldest known paradoxes having been first suggested circa 600BC.  Greek Philosopher Eubulides of Miletus postulated “A man says that he is lying.  Is what he says true or false?”  The basic premise of this paradox is – “This statement is false.”

Wait, What?  If “This statement is false” is true, then “This statement is false” is true.  Therefore “This statement is falsemust be false.  The hypothesis that “This statement is false” is true leads to the conclusion that “This statement is false” is false, which is a contradiction.

To put it in simpler terms, I will assign the coefficient of (A) to the statement “This statement is false” which gives us:

If (A) is true, then (A) is true.  Therefore (A) must be false.  The hypothesis that (A) is true leads to the conclusion that (A) is false, which is a contradiction.  Think that is confusing?  We are just getting started!

All is well! ❤

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