This Sentence Is False
A series that looks at the history of and solutions to famous philosophical paradoxes, and asks whether they have any use in the real world.
Peter Cave is a philosopher with his head in the clouds.
His companion, Nick Romero, has his hob-nailed boots firmly fixed to the ground.
Together they enter a strange fairground where all the attractions take the guise of philosophical paradoxes.
|01||Buridan's Ass||20050613||They meet a very hungry ass, and his owner, the 14th Century French philosopher, Jean Buridan.|
|02||Zeno's Tortoise||20050614||In their second adventure in a paradoxical fair, philosopher Peter Cave introduces Nick Romero to the paradoxes of doing an infinite number of events in a finite time.|
They meet and race against a tortoise who has been convinced by the Greek philosopher Zeno, that given a head start can never be beaten.
|03||Theseus' Ship||20050615||Their philosophical dialogue centers on identity.|
What makes you, you? And are you the same you throughout your life? They meet the Greek mythical hero Theseus, who has an identity problem with his ship.
|04||Contradiction!||20050616||Today they look at sentences that refer and appear to contradict themselves - like "This Sentence is False".|
In the midst of this, they visit a paradoxical barber, thought up by Bertrand Russell
|05 LAST||The Surprise Hanging||20050617||They encounter the paradox of the surprise hanging.|
Knowing that he is to be hung on one day of the following week, but that on the morning of the hanging it will be a surprise, Nick has some fast thinking to do in order to make it to the end of the week.