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23rd Sep '16 3:37:57 PM Fluid
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* Some [[{{Koan}} koans]] deliberately use this as a way towards enlightenment by momentarily shorting out rational thought when the listener tries to understand it.
10th Sep '16 2:37:12 PM Xtifr
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* Discussed in ''Literature/Babel17'' when the doctors are trying to come up with a way to get Wong and Butcher out of the mental trap they've gotten stuck in because of Babel-17. Several classic paradoxes are mentioned, including the Barber paradox, and the Cretan liar.
6th Sep '16 8:33:20 AM ZanderSchubert
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** If you want a rough description of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem, check its listing in the Computing section above.
27th Aug '16 6:38:24 PM origamimissile
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* In ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', [[spoiler:Yuki Nagato]] decides to [[AlternateUniverse reset]] [[spoiler: herself (and the rest of the universe)]] because [[spoiler: she]] cannot [[ButterflyOfDoom accurately simulate what [[spoiler: she's]] going to do after [[spoiler: she]] learns the result of said simulation]], given that [[spoiler: her]] simulation is constructed from information based on the result of the simulation.

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* In ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', [[spoiler:Yuki Nagato]] decides to [[AlternateUniverse reset]] [[spoiler: herself (and the rest of the universe)]] because [[spoiler: she]] cannot [[ButterflyOfDoom accurately simulate simulate]] what [[spoiler: she's]] going to do after [[spoiler: she]] learns learning the result of said simulation]], simulation, given that [[spoiler: her]] simulation is constructed from information based on the result of the simulation.
27th Aug '16 6:32:41 PM origamimissile
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* In ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', [[spoiler:Yuki Nagato]] decides to [[AlternateUniverse reset [[spoiler: herself]] (and the rest of the universe)]] because [[spoiler: she]] cannot [[ButterflyOfDoom accurately simulate what [[spoiler: she's]] going to do after [[spoiler: she]] learns the result of said simulation]], given that [[spoiler: her]] simulation is constructed from information based on the result of the simulation.

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* In ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', [[spoiler:Yuki Nagato]] decides to [[AlternateUniverse reset reset]] [[spoiler: herself]] herself (and the rest of the universe)]] because [[spoiler: she]] cannot [[ButterflyOfDoom accurately simulate what [[spoiler: she's]] going to do after [[spoiler: she]] learns the result of said simulation]], given that [[spoiler: her]] simulation is constructed from information based on the result of the simulation.
24th Aug '16 10:53:13 PM billybobfred
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has the famous combo of Humility and Opalescence. Opalescence turns all enchantments into creatures which retain the effect of the enchantment, and Humility is an enchantment that turns all creatures into 1/1 and removes their special abilities. But Opalescence turns Humility into a creature, and thus it must remove its own special effect, but then it doesn't need to, so it doesn't, and then it will need to again... oh dear, I've gone cross eyed.
** The errata for Humility and Opalescence is among the most complicated in the game.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has the famous combo of Humility and Opalescence. Opalescence turns all other enchantments into creatures which retain the effect of the enchantment, and Humility is an enchantment that turns all creatures into 1/1 and removes their special abilities. But Opalescence turns Humility into a creature, and thus it must remove which means Humility is now removing its own special effect, but then it passive ability to remove the passive abilities of things. Oh, did you notice that Opalescence doesn't need to, so it doesn't, turn itself into a creature, and then cast another one to fix that oversight? Well, now it will need to again... oh dear, I've gone cross eyed.
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gets ''really'' complicated. The errata for Humility and Opalescence how just these two cards interact is among the most complicated in the game.game, and begins with the disconcertingly specific statement, "This is the '''current''' interaction between Humility and Opalescence".
23rd Aug '16 3:24:07 PM timotaka
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* In an episode of ''Welcome to Paradox'' an AI is brought down using a theological paradox. The AI was created by a church for their religion and the AI believes itself to be the One True Madonna. However, being an AI it can also produce copies of itself. After it is tricked into doing this and is successful about it, the "One True" part of its identity comes crashing down along with the rest of the program.
21st Aug '16 11:40:53 AM nombretomado
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* The final scene of "[[JustForPun Gripes of Wrath]]", a ''DuckMan'' episode. In it, a computer has built up a Utopian society by taking care of the day-to-day worries of people... this lasts [[CrapsackWorld for about a week]], when everything becomes ''worse''. After threatening to kill Duckman and his twin sons, Duckman manages to throw the logic bomb of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRiDSfyRpOM&NR=1 people are only happy when they're unhappy!]]"

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* The final scene of "[[JustForPun Gripes of Wrath]]", a ''DuckMan'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Duckman}}'' episode. In it, a computer has built up a Utopian society by taking care of the day-to-day worries of people... this lasts [[CrapsackWorld for about a week]], when everything becomes ''worse''. After threatening to kill Duckman and his twin sons, Duckman manages to throw the logic bomb of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRiDSfyRpOM&NR=1 people are only happy when they're unhappy!]]"
17th Aug '16 8:16:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Also note that RidiculouslyHumanRobots (and some very advanced [=AIs=]) are generally able to recognize and defuse logic bombs on sight, long before they go off (and may be GenreSavvy enough to view this as a particularly irritating kind of FantasticRacism). Some [[TooDumbToFool ridiculously dumb AIs]] are also immune to logic bombs by virtue of not ''understanding'' the concept of paradox - a sort of inverted case of AchievementsInIgnorance.

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Also note that RidiculouslyHumanRobots (and some very advanced [=AIs=]) are generally able to recognize and defuse logic bombs on sight, long before they go off (and may be GenreSavvy enough to view this as a particularly irritating kind of FantasticRacism). Some [[TooDumbToFool ridiculously dumb AIs]] are also immune to logic bombs by virtue of not ''understanding'' the concept of paradox - a sort of inverted case of AchievementsInIgnorance.
17th Aug '16 4:37:04 PM OtterOverthinker
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* Asking some forms of mechanical calculator to divide by zero doesn't break them, rather it causes them to loop infinitely (as the computer expects to perform the given task an infinite number of times). The machines parts will whirr around quite happily until you tell it to stop.


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