The Crocodile’s Dilemma and the Snow

Today is snowing.You have to understand that in Charlotte NC, snow is considered a calamity. White dust on rooftops calls immediately for delays and closings, but not today. Today, Charlotte’s schools are open. Schools were closed last week, for three days, due to chances of ice and snow, which never happened. Today is snowing and schools are open. This is one of the paradoxes of the city in which I live. Chances of snow lead to closing the school; actual snow keeps the school open. This anecdote also leads to the word paradox—“a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.”(

Paradoxes are food for thought. Take, as an example, the Crocodile’s dilemma. Dating back to the ancient Greeks, the crocodile’s dilemma is an unsolvable problem. A crocodile captures a child and promises his father that he will release the child only if the father can tell in advance, what the crocodile is going to do. The father says that the crocodile will not give the child back. What should the crocodile do?

What is your favorite paradox?



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