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Six 60 Second Adventures in Thought

Paradoxes, philosophies, and physics oh my!!

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Six 60 Second Adventures in Thought. Paradoxes, philosophies, and physics oh my!!
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Hits: 14464 | Favorites: 21 | Emailed: 2 | Rating: 3.4 | Category: Science | Date: 11/25/2011
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Male, 40-49, Europe
 2570 Posts
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 2:35:59 AM
It can't be David Mitchell, he`s too busy chasing his dog across Richmond Park.

Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 70 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:14:21 PM
simple solutions to most of Zeno paradoxes come from basic calculus

Male, 18-29, Canada
 916 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 9:13:27 PM
"And an infinite number of steps would of course take, infinity to complete"

No. Wrong. An infinite number of positive, finite nummbers can equal a positive, finite number. Example, 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 etc.

Male, 18-29, Australia
 78 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 8:53:31 PM
@BlankTom I don't understand your point about achillies and the tortoise, i think you`ve misunderstood the problem. Achilles isn`t stopping everytime he reaches the tortoise to allow it to advance, therefore his "intent" as in the point he`s `aiming` for, doesn`t factor into the problem at all. All you need to know is that achilles and the tortoise are both travelling parrelel at constant speeds, where achilles is aiming for is irrelevent. The Paradox is just highlighting that an infinite number of steps must occur before achilles can overtake the tortoise. And an infinite number of steps would of course take, infinity to complete, therefore rendering all movement impossible. Of course movement IS possible, so what we`re left with is a lovely befuddling paradox.

Male, 18-29, S. America
 347 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 5:37:34 PM

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