Brain-Breaking Thought Experiments

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How's that brain of yours? Feeling relaxed and comfortable? Well buckle up, because we're about to break it with some paradoxes and thought experiments.

Don't worry, you won't lose more than a few nights' sleep.

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Entry by Maclise

Derek Parfit and David Wiggins's Amoeba Problem Imagine your brain is divided in half. Each half is placed in a new body. The operation produces two

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False Positive Paradox Imagine having a device that can identify criminals with an accuracy of 99%. Your job is to identify 10 criminals in 20 -millio

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Entry by Maclise

The China Brain thought experiment by Prof. Ned Block If you gave all 1.4 billion people in China a two-way radio and told each of them to simulate on

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Entry by sesu

CRACKEDG THE BarBer's PARADOX COM THERE'S A VILLAGE WHERE THE BARBER SHAVES EVERYONE WHO DOESN'T SHAVE THEMSELVES, BUT NO ONE ELSE. Now ANSWER THIS:

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Entry by Busteq

ACCORDING TO THE DRAKE EQUATION, WHICH ESTIMATES CRAUN THE ODDS OF THERE BEING ALIEN LIFE NEARBY... N=Rpnefe fi Fc L ne L the galaxy should be overrun

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Entry by Fermosalua3

The Specious Present Paradox Consider that every unit of time, even small units like nanoseconds, can be divided into: 1. Beginning 2. Present 3. End

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Entry by Maclise

The Greek philosopher Eubulides posed the following question: Remove from one grain a heap of sand until there is only one grain left. 2 At what point

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Can a gouernment ban itself? This was raised by Dale Gribble in season 12, episode 11 of King of the Hill. It's a paradox because the government could

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Entry by Busteq

A child is drowning in front of you. You can easily save him, but it would ruin your shoes which are worth $50. Do you jump in? Now let's say a child

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Entry by ERRiley

Which is more valuable, a diamond or water? The diamond is much more expensive, but water is a basic necessity. So which has more value? This type of

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKED COM Robert Nozick's Experience Machine Imagine if there is a machine that, once plugged into your brain, will allow you to eXpERIENCE anything

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Entry by Busteq

A falling millet makes no noise. Yet a thousand grains falling will make a sound... (GPNO How can a multitude of nothings create something ?

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Entry by ERRiley

love my pet pig! & I love bacon... I am suffering from a dissociation disorder known as the MEAT PARADOX. CRACKEDOON

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Entry by Busteq

God either wishes to take awaY evils, and is unable; or He is able, and is unwilling; or He is neither willing nor able, or He is both willing and ab

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IMAGINE THE UNIVERSE IN WHICH THERE EXISTS NOTHING BUT A SINGLE GLOVE. The glove has to be either right or left. But it can't be either in relation to

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Entry by T. S. Obiech

Brain-Breaking Thought Experiments

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Entry by Andrea Meno

CRACKED GOM If Pinocchio says My nose is growing, does it grow? Paradox credit: Veronique Eldridge-smith

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Entry by Sagar Parikh

Here's an experiment. Follow these instructions: 1. Don't think about a pink elephant. 2. That's it. CRAGh You probably thought about a pink elephant.

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Entry by Busteq

IF YOU PURSUE HAPPINESS, YOU BECOME MISERABLE. IF YOU PURSUE SOMETHING ELSE; YOU WILL BECOME HAPPY. This is known as the Paradox of Hedonism, but no

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKEDCON The Violinist Dilemma by Judith Jarvis Thomson You find yourself in bed with an unconscious violinist, who has a tube connected to your bod