Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A paradox of motion

Can't get off the dime? Not motivated? Putting things off?

Perhaps Parmenides's clever disciple, Zeno of Elena, has the perfect proof that it's not your fault!

He wrote four paradoxes of motion.
Consider his "dichotomy paradox" which addresses the infinite divisibility of space:

"In order to complete any journey, you must first travel half the distance. But before you can do that, you must travel a quarter of the distance, and before that an eighth, and so on. In other words, you must complete an infinite number of sub-journeys in reverse order. So, you can never get started!"

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