Pinocchio Paradox


So… what’d happen?

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6 Responses to Pinocchio Paradox

  1. Jon says:

    He’d be turned into a real boy!

  2. William says:

    His nose would grow after the instant his perception of now was over.

  3. Anonymous says:

    His nose would grow as he verbally lies before the physical truth can happen, the two actions don’t happen simultaneously.

  4. Bassem says:

    removing the word “now” solves the paradox.

  5. Taylor says:

    That looks like a paradox, but it isn’t.

    The assertion is so vague that it is true even if Pinocchio’s nose doesn’t grow immediately.

    Even if he says: “My nose will grow immediately” that’s a vague assertion, when does “immediately” start and end as a time lapse?

    If he is more specific and states: “My nose will grow in the next five minutes” then the nose can make a suspension of disbelief, if he tells a lie in those five minutes then the nose will grow and the first assertion will be true, if he doesn’t then the first assertion will be proved as false and if falsehood is considered as a lie then the nose will grow after the five minutes.

    Everything that is false is a lie? That depends on some definitions, but if Pinocchio says something that is false and a mistake then the nose may (or may not) consider that Pinocchio is implicitly stating to be sure about something that he is not sure and actually wrong, hence a lie. That may be a question for Geppetto.

    Nothing is true or false until it is.

    If Pinocchio succeeds in creating a paradox (either the liar’s paradox or some other paradox) then the nose will not react to that. A paradox is something that cannot be true and cannot be false and the nose grows on falsehood, right?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Either way his nose grows

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