Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Quick Thought on Paradoxes (Paradoces?)

Is there a word for the phenomenon of people calling statements "paradoxes" to make them sound more interesting than they are, even if they make sense and aren't actually paradoxes upon closer inspection (e.g. the Monty Hall paradox, the Twin Paradox, the Birthday Paradox)

If not, I'd like to jump on this opportunity to coin a term, "Buckley's Paradox". You're welcome.

1 comment:

  1. No... Just no... Ben, the so-called buckley's paradox is a true paradox wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a six-pack of oxymorons sent back in time so it could repackage itself. Don't think too hard on that one.

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