I'll post these every week or two and let people speculate about them.
Ok, first of all, what is the Sorites paradox? It's basically a philosophic paradox that says if you change an object repeatedly, when does that object not become an object anymore?
Let's explore more examples of this:
- Assume you have a heap of grain. Let's say you have 1000 pieces of grain in that heap, and every hour you took one piece of grain from the heap. At what point does it stop becoming a heap?
- Another classic version of the Sorites paradox is the Theseus's sheep paradox
The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned from Crete had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their places, in so much that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.
So, what do you think? What do you think the solution to the paradox is?