I love thought puzzles.
One might describe them as the verbal version of an M.C. Escher painting; they seem to make sense at first blush but something is not quite right.
Play with this one:
Statement #1: Statement #2 is true.
Statement #2: Statement #1 is false.
Try and figure it out. It messes with your brain, doesn’t it?
Not quite the same, but again requiring some thought, let me put forth a theory.
Do you agree that when asked a question, you have no choice but to answer it?
See what I did there. I queried and you answered, proving the theory no matter what you said. Quite likely, you didn’t answer out loud, but at the minimum your inner voice responded and demonstrated I was correct, right? (Gotcha again!) If you replied, “Yes” to the initial question, you obviously agree with the premise. Conversely, even if your response was, “No, that’s a stupid, lame idea,” it still substantiated the hypothesis because you answered the question. The only way that the notion could be proven wrong was if you blanked out after reading the question – which is obviously not the case or you wouldn’t be still reading. See, no matter how we dissect it, it rings true.