Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If I posted a proposal for people to reverse the paradox of our times, would they actually commit to it if they say yes?

Well, it depends on the terms of paradox. A paradox is a statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition. The term is also used for an apparent contradiction that actually expresses a non-dual truth. Typically, the statements in question do not really imply the contradiction, the puzzling result is not really a contradiction, or the premises themselves are not all really true or cannot all be true together. The word paradox is often used interchangeably with contradiction. It is also used to describe situations that are ironic. In general, if we were to commit to saying yes in this universe, when you reverse the paradox from our current, we'd be technically committing to saying no. Make sense?

Or were you considering an actual reversed paradox: Simpson's paradox? In probability and statistics, Simpson's paradox is an apparent paradox in which a correlation (trend) present in different groups is reversed when the groups are combined. This result is often encountered in social-science and medical-science statistics, and it occurs when frequency data are hastily given causal interpretations. Simpson's Paradox disappears when any causal relations are derived systematically – i.e. through formal analysis.

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