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"Everything I say to you is a lie"

 
 
Monger
 
Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 11:04 am
I think most people have heard some variation of this riddle, but if you're looking for a quick way to kill off unwanted braincells, try thinking about this one for a minute or two ...

A man walks up to you and says - "everything I say to you is a lie."
Is he telling you the truth or is he lying?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 12:23 pm
I think this was one of my first experiences with a paradox. As a kid this one really bothered me.
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Monger
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 12:32 pm
Same here! Very Happy


How about the question "Have you stopped beating your wife?"

... when you never did.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 12:58 pm
Yeah, that one isn't a paradox though, just a low blow loaded question.

The ones of that variety that I was firts introduced to were:

"Do you have AIDS?" no "Are you positive?"

and

"Does your mom know you have AIDS?"
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 02:27 pm
Well, they are only a problem if the rule is that you have to answer yes or no!
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Heeven
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 02:51 pm
To avoid the word Yes, see how long you can chat with a telemarketer without saying it. They try to get you by recording you saying "yes" to their sales pitch.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 02:53 pm
heehee - well, I have a silent number and so avoid most of such stuff - but my only words are a calm "No thank you."
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 02:54 pm
Not even a "please hold while I do my taxes"?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 03:00 pm
NO! That would be cruel!

The Seinfeld response is the best, I believe.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 03:02 pm
I agree.
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BillW
 
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Reply Wed 26 Mar, 2003 03:06 pm
A simple "Bye" works -

BTW - "Everything I say to you is a lie" got just less than 50% of the votes!
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