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  paradox - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Paradox, in logic and mathematics, an apparently contradictory conclusion that is derived from what seem to be valid premises.
A paradox (Gk: παράδοξος, aside belief) is an apparently true statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition.
A physical paradox is an apparent contradiction relating to physical descriptions of the universe.
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  Physical paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While many physical paradoxes have accepted resolutions that make them little more than curiosities, others may defy resolution and be the result of an inadequate interpretation of the theory, an assumption about the physical world that is violated, or an indication that the theory inadequately describes the conditions.
In physics as in all of science, contradictions and paradoxes are generally assumed to be artifacts of error and incompleteness because reality is assumed to be completely consistent, although this is itself a philosophical assumption.
Babinet's paradox is that contrary to naive expectations, the amount of radiation removed from a beam in the diffraction limit is proportional to twice the cross-sectional area.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Physical_paradox   (2055 words)

  
 Paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paradoxes that arise from apparently intelligible uses of language are often of interest to logicians and philosophers.
Russell's paradox, which shows that the notion of the set of all those sets that do not contain themselves leads to a contradiction, was instrumental in the development of modern logic and set theory.
Paradoxes which are not based on a hidden error generally happen at the fringes of context or language, and require extending the context or language to lose their paradox quality.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Paradox   (911 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness: Books: Gordon, L. Patzer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Physical attractiveness is a more powerful determinant of a person's fortune and misfortune in life than people admit.
The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness explores, discovers, and documents the theories, evidence, and circumstances in which physical attractiveness is a remarkable veneer with influences that extend considerably beyond what we call skin-deep.
Physical attractiveness dominates the plethora of dimensions that define the appearance of a person.
www.amazon.com /Power-Paradox-Physical-Attractiveness/dp/1581124430   (1465 words)

  
 Paradox - Veritas
A paradox is an apparently true statement or group of statements that seems to lead to a contradiction or to a situation that defies intuition.
The word paradox is often used interchangeably with contradiction; but where a contradiction by definition cannot be true, many paradoxes do allow of resolution, though many remain unresolved or only contentiously resolved (such as Curry's paradox).
Another much more physical paradox (in the sense that it may in fact be impossible due to certain laws of the universe), is what's known as the grandfather paradox, whereby travelling back in time and killing your own grandfather before he was to meet your grandmother is impossible (following the laws of determinism).
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 Ladder paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ladder paradox or (barn-pole paradox) is a thought experiment in special relativity.
If a long ladder travels horizontally at almost the speed of light, it will undergo a length contraction and will therefore fit into a garage which is shorter than the ladder's length at rest.
This paradox was originally proposed and solved by Wolfgang Rindler ("Length Contraction Paradox": Am.
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 Fermi paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Fermi Paradox is a physical paradox in which high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial life are contrasted with a lack of evidence.
The Fermi paradox is a conflict between an argument of scale and probability, and a lack of evidence.
The second cornerstone of the Fermi paradox is a rejoinder to the argument by scale: given intelligent life's ability to overcome scarcity, and its tendency to colonize new habitats, we have assumed that any advanced civilization would seek out new resources and colonize first their solar system, and then surrounding solar systems.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fermi_Paradox   (7004 words)

  
 Practical Paradox [2nd Edition]
Paradox Backlash occurs when the mage gains at least six points of Paradox at one time, or the mage accumulates 11 or more points of Paradox total.
Paradox spirits are exceptionally resistant to magick; they may roll their Gnosis/Arete as countermagick automatically.
Most spirit paradoxes result in the manifestation of a Paradox spirit, or the spirit magick the mage is currently working goes horribly wrong.
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 Ivars Peterson's MathTrek: Springing a Physival Surprise
Consider a weight hanging from a spring, which in turn is suspended by a piece of string from an identical spring attached to the ceiling.
That physical paradox was originally developed by Joel E. Cohen, an applied mathematician at Rockefeller University in New York City.
The general lesson is that physical networks may not necessarily behave as expected when paths or components are added.
www.maa.org /mathland/mathtrek_11_10.html   (908 words)

  
 Paradox - All About All   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Elevator paradox: Elevators can seem to be mostly going in one direction, as if they were being manufactured in the middle of the building and being disassembled on the roof and basement.
Abilene paradox: People can make decisions based not on what they actually want to do, but on what they think that other people want to do, with the result that everybody decides to do something that nobody really wants to do, but only what they thought that everybody else wanted to do.
Supplee's paradox: the buoyancy of a relativistic object (such as a bullet) appears to change when the reference frame is changed from one in which the bullet is at rest to one in which the fluid is at rest
www.answers-zone.com /article/Paradox   (2457 words)

  
 The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness
Physical attractiveness may look skin-deep as a surface aspect of appearance, but looks can be deceiving.
The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness is by far the most comprehensive and rigorously researched work on this subject I have found.
Patzer has a way of breaking through the clutter of physical and non-physical perceptions and behaviors, leaving you with a clear understanding of the psychological and social implications of this truly fascinating phenomenon.
www.brownwalker.com /book.php?method=ISBN&book=1581124430   (2283 words)

  
 PHYSICAL REVIEW D
We note that an observer cannot use the EPR paradox to initiate the sending of a message from one detector to another, permitting another observer to receive it across a spacelike interval.
This is the reason that absorber theory is of interest in the context of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, for it is just such a violation of strong but not weak causality which is needed to explain the results of the tests of the Bell inequality.
The EPR paradox, as it applies to this experiment, comes down to the question of how this quantum-mechanical result is enforced when the detection events are separated by a spacelike interval.
www.npl.washington.edu /npl/int_rep/gat_80   (8965 words)

  
 ON A CAUSALITY-VIOLATING, TWO-VALUED, TRANSACTIONAL INTERPRETATION OF SUBJECTIVE ANTEDATING AND CONSCIOUSNESS
The existence of such a crystalline structure is suggestive of quantum physical laws in operation in that the spacing and structure are suggestive of crystalline structure in common substances.
While this is certainly true in physics it may be a surprise that a similar referral structure involving pairs of events occurs in the conscious operation of the brain.
We have explored a quantum physical theory of the paradox of the relationship of awareness and associated physical events, including application of stimuli and the achievement of neuronal adequacy, that elicit it.
www.qedcorp.com /pcr/wolf/libet.html   (13582 words)

  
 Classical Electrodynamics
We have a paradox: one physical identity (point P) is described by two mathematical identities (x, y).
The physical reality is an infinite number of very definite things - space (event) or an electromagnetic field that is connected to this event - very definite and unrepeatable.
Geometry is not mathematics but theoretical physics because the objects of the study of geometry are not numbers but physical objects - points, lines, triangles.
www.wbabin.net /yuri/keilman.htm   (3636 words)

  
 Paradox Web Hosting [Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada]
No part of this website may be reproduced, transmitted, or stored in a retrieval system, in any place, shape, or form, without the prior written permission of The Paradox Consulting Group, Inc. or an employee of it.
We even had Paradox configure our own personal web hosting server; which saved us some big dollars each month.
Paradox Web Hosting is a division of The Paradox Consulting Group, Inc.
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 Faith Freedom International :: View topic - God Paradox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
First of all paradoxes are defined as paradoxes with the known knowledge of the "logic" or "physical laws".
So now we know that (thanks to einstein) the physical laws are relative and we perceive the effects of this physical as being same events only if we are subject to the same physical laws.
As a last note: The reason I gave the zeno's paradox is so that I can explain not all the paradoxes as true as it may seem, I did not use and never intented to use that as my model of cosmos.
www.faithfreedom.org /forum/viewtopic.php?t=6452   (4208 words)

  
 Toward a Science of Consciousness 3: A Quantum Physics Model of the Timing of Conscious Experience
The results are close, to be sure, and it is natural and necessary that they be close, to be encouraging for a quantum physical theory.
Perhaps this theory that a perceived event requires information flowing from physical end points coming before it and after it, much like a stringed musical instrument requires information coming from its nodal end points to set up standing wave patterns of musical harmony, is a fundamental requirement for both time order uniqueness and subjective experience.
The resolution of temporal paradoxes particularly as they show themselves in future quantum physical objective experiments and in subjective timing experiments will continue to require a new vision of time and its relation to awareness.
cognet.mit.edu /posters/TUCSON3/Wolf.html   (2209 words)

  
 Game Play
For this reason we recommend that players who are new to the system consider playing one of the Character Archetypes found at the end of this book before they delve into creating their own character.
A measure of the character's physical strength in relation to physical size.
In the Paradox system, characters gain experience every time they roll a skill test, whether they are successful or not.
www.faight.net /html/game_play.htm   (2770 words)

  
 UFO Evidence : Fermi's Paradox
In a universe with billions of galaxies, galaxies having a hundred billion stars, it is implausible that this planet is the only abode of intelligent life, that there aren't quite a few planets around with intelligent life forms on them.
One way in which this question has been answered (Brin 1983) is that we have not seen any traces of intelligent extraterrestrial life because there is no extraterrestrial life because intelligent extraterrestrial life tend to self-destruct soon after it reaches the stage where it can engage in cosmic colonization and communication.
I propose a model for [for the problem of the Fermi Paradox] based on the assumption that long-term colonization of the galaxy proceeds via a "percolation" process similar to the percolation problem which is well studied in condensed-matter physics.
www.ufoevidence.org /topics/Fermi.htm   (1109 words)

  
 Call Them `The Baby Doomers,' by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. (Jun. 18, 2000)
This approximation isolates the role of the discovery of validatable universal physical principles, and the related role of the generation of technologies directly from experimental validation of such discoveries; this is the combined form of human action, through which man's power in and over our universe is increased.
That paradox is sometimes listed under the topical heading of "the role of technological attrition." That is to say, that to maintain an immediate gain in per-capita power, it is essential that new discoveries, and related, axiomatically revolutionary advances in technology, be constantly supplied, that in order to offset the effect of technological attrition.
If the physical and related cultural standard of family-household existence is lowered, through cut-backs in physical market-basket content of labor's consumption, or, if the infrastructure is not maintained, or, some combination of both, then the rate of progress, as considered relative to technological attrition, will suffer.
www.larouchepub.com /lar/2000/lar_baby_doomers_2728.html   (13904 words)

  
 IMMORTALITY AND MORTALITY--A DIVINE PARADOX
Because first, the Universe is not as material or physical as it appears to the human eye and because of the underlying causations and effects not apparent to the physical human senses.
The fact that all of our physical reality is composed of atomic particles who themselves have emerged and appeared from a field of energy that is not readily visible to the human eye, indicates that our "material world" is not really all that physical.
The Soul's physical sensory perception becomes mostly if not totally eliminated from the physical realm and is only aware of its own existence as Mind and Consciousness.
www.pymander.com /AETHEREAL/IMMOR~1.htm   (15416 words)

  
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This physical property will be a function of physical properties of the sentence's syntax and component words; and it will be because 'Paris', say, has its wide physical property that whenever a sentence containing it is tokened in the belief box, one believes a proposition about Paris.
Since the sentence's meaning-determining physical property is itself determined by the physical properties the theory assigns to the sentence's parts and structure, it follows that the reference of the Mentalese that-clause is determined by the physical properties the compositional supervenience theory assigns to the parts and structure of the sentence contained in the that-clause.
But that physical property is in turn determined by physical properties that the compositional supervenience theory assigns to the words and structure of the that-clause.
www.nyu.edu /gsas/dept/philo/courses/concepts/paradox.html   (19213 words)

  
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Physical reality would still be causally closed, but only if one takes both its inner and outer aspects into account.
And many people think that the evidence from physics is that physics is causally closed, and that there is no room for "spooky causation".
However physics for the most part maps out extrinsic properties (an argument against this may be made in the case of spin; spin is considered an "intrinsic" property because it does not depend explicitly on spatiotemporal parameters.
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 The EPR Paradox and Bell's Inequality Principle
EPR sought to demonstrate that this phenomenon could be exploited to construct an experiment that would demonstrate a paradox which they believed was inherent in the quantum-mechanical description of the world.
They imagined two physical systems that are allowed to interact initially so that they will subsequently be defined by a single Schrodinger wave equation.
QM dictates that this should be impossible, creating the paradoxical implication that measuring one system should "poison" any measurement of the other system, no matter what the distance between them.
math.ucr.edu /home/baez/physics/Quantum/bells_inequality.html   (2076 words)

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