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Friday, December 16, 2011

Paradox December 16, Figures of Speech

One pair of docs examines another
Paradox from the Greek para "beyond" and dox "opinion.  A seemingly contradictory or impossible statement.  The best paradoxes are not nonsense, but just a twisted presentation of the truth.  "It is so late," Lord Capulet tells a party-goer, "that we may call it early by and by."  Sometimes paradox is used to highlight a transcendent truth, as in Jesus' claim that we must lose our lives in order to gain them.
One last paradox is this seemingly logical series of statements:
1. Crackers are better than nothing.
2. Ice cream is better than crackers.
3. Nothing is better than ice cream.

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