Life Paradoxes

I have posted quite a bit about logical paradoxes. These are interesting because logic is possibly one of the two things in the universe that should never go wrong, the other being Murphy’s Law.

Yet recently, I have been interested in paradoxes of another perplexing sort: paradoxes in life.

  • The Paradox of Limited Time: The more crunched I am for time, the more tasks I can complete and the faster I can complete them. Whenever I have multiple prelims or a bunch of projects due in a short amount of time, my productivity skyrockets.
  • Conversely, The Paradox of Infinite Time: The more time I have (in particular, Spring break), the less work I end up doing. I sort of wrote about this in the post, Does More Time Mean More Productivity?The Persistence of Memory, 1931
  • The Paradox of Massive Social Interconnection: Now that the Internet and social networking sites have united us all, the connections between us feel abysmally powerless.
  • The Paradox of Instant Communication: The faster the spread of news, the less I care.
  • The Paradox of Many Choices: The more choices there are, the fewer I consider.Decision
  • The Paradox of Rising Difficulty: The more difficult the task, the better I do on it. (Because I make countless trivial errors in “easy” problems. I can’t count the number of times I blundered away a chess game on a trivial move that required no more than seeing one move deep.)
  • The Paradox of Blogging: The more I tell myself I should blog, the less often I blog.
  • And many more…

3 thoughts on “Life Paradoxes

  1. my favourite is the paradox of tolerance… a tolerant person might be antagonistic toward intolerance, hence intolerant of it. The tolerant individual would then be by definition intolerant of intolerance.
    I love paradoxes. 🙂


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