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27th Nov '17 11:23:10 PM Chabal2
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''{{VideoGame/Arcanum}}'': Science and magic work by exploiting and breaking laws of physics (gravity, thermodynamics, etc.) respectively, so machinery fails in the presence of strong magic and magic fails in highly industrialized environments.
25th Nov '17 5:56:00 AM StFan
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* In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', the [[MetaFiction metafictional]] world of Orqwith disappears from reality when Rebis exposes the contradiction at its heart (based on a [[KnightsAndKnaves Raymond Smullyan puzzle]]):
-->'''Rebis:''' I've come to ask the question. One of you must have the answer. Why is there something instead of nothing?
-->'''Priest in Black:''' I am a liar and I do not know why there is something instead of nothing.
-->'''Priest in White:''' I am an honest man and I do not know why there is something instead of nothing.
-->'''Rebis:''' Tell me then, the Priest in Black, why is there something instead of nothing?
-->'''Priest in Black:''' There is something instead of nothing.
-->'''Rebis:''' Then you can't possibly exist.

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* In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'', the [[MetaFiction metafictional]] world of Orqwith disappears from reality when Rebis exposes the contradiction at its heart (based on a [[KnightsAndKnaves Raymond Smullyan puzzle]]):
-->'''Rebis:''' I've come to ask the question. One of you must have the answer. Why is there something instead of nothing?
-->'''Priest
nothing?\\
'''Priest
in Black:''' I am a liar and I do not know why there is something instead of nothing.
-->'''Priest
nothing.\\
'''Priest
in White:''' I am an honest man and I do not know why there is something instead of nothing.
-->'''Rebis:'''
nothing.\\
'''Rebis:'''
Tell me then, the Priest in Black, why is there something instead of nothing?
-->'''Priest
nothing?\\
'''Priest
in Black:''' There is something instead of nothing.
-->'''Rebis:'''
nothing.\\
'''Rebis:'''
Then you can't possibly exist.



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* In ''Film/FindingNemo: [[TitleTheAdaptation The Musical]]'' at [[DisneyThemeParks Disney's Animal Kingdom]], a pair of penguins are flying while discussing the recent happenings in the plot. One of them cuts off their discussion by realizing, "Hey wait a minute. We're penguins. We can't fly!", and the both promptly fall to the ground while screaming.

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* In ''Film/FindingNemo: ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo: [[TitleTheAdaptation The Musical]]'' at [[DisneyThemeParks Disney's Animal Kingdom]], a pair of penguins are flying while discussing the recent happenings in the plot. One of them cuts off their discussion by realizing, "Hey wait a minute. We're penguins. We can't fly!", and the both promptly fall to the ground while screaming.



* During the Bohrok arc of ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'', Pohatu and Onua, both the strongest of the Toa, struggle to break a rock wall to escape before the room fills with lava. However, they're unable to make a single chip in it. Lewa realizes that there's ''nothing'' the two of them are unable to smash, which means the wall cannot exist. As soon as they stop believing the wall exists, it disappears.\\
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Sure enough, the projectors of said wall, the Bahrag queens, are able to create illusions at will. Several of the Toa again end up fighting false opponents, being helped by their teammates that can see which Bahrag aren't real.

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* During the Bohrok arc of ''{{Toys/BIONICLE}}'', Pohatu and Onua, both the strongest of the Toa, struggle to break a rock wall to escape before the room fills with lava. However, they're unable to make a single chip in it. Lewa realizes that there's ''nothing'' the two of them are unable to smash, which means the wall cannot exist. As soon as they stop believing the wall exists, it disappears.\\
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Sure enough, the projectors of said wall, the Bahrag queens, are able to create illusions at will. Several of the Toa again end up fighting false opponents, being helped by their teammates that can see which Bahrag aren't real.



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-->'''Tweety:''' Gee whiz, puddy tat, I didn't know ''you'' could fwy.
-->'''Cat:''' ''(laughs)'' You didn't know I could fly. Heh-heh...'''''FLY?!?!?!'''''

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-->'''Tweety:''' Gee whiz, puddy tat, I didn't know ''you'' could fwy.
-->'''Cat:''' ''(laughs)''
fwy.\\
'''Cat:''' ''[laughs]''
You didn't know I could fly. Heh-heh... '''''FLY?!?!?!'''''



14th Nov '17 6:19:34 AM Thrawcheld
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* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
* The TropeNamer is the titular book where {{God}}'s existence is disproved because the Babel Fish is just too handy to have evolved naturally. As the argument goes, God refuses to prove his own existence, because "proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing." Man points out the Babel Fish as a "dead giveaway", causing God to vanish "in a puff of logic." The Guide then says that this argument has been universally rejected on the basis that it is [[LogicalFallacy profoundly stupid]]; just to start, the Babel Fish being made unnaturally doesn't mean God had to have made it. Of course, that doesn't stop in-universe writers such as Oolon Coluphid from cashing in on the argument.

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* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
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''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': The TropeNamer is TropeNamer, in which the titular book where Guide presents an argument against {{God}}'s existence is disproved because the Babel Fish is just too handy to have evolved naturally.existence. As the argument goes, God refuses to prove his own existence, because "proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing." Man points out the Babel Fish as a "dead giveaway", giveaway" - it's just too handy to have evolved naturally - causing God to vanish "in a puff of logic." The Guide then says that this argument has been universally rejected on the basis that it is [[LogicalFallacy profoundly stupid]]; just to start, the Babel Fish being made unnaturally doesn't mean God had to have made it. Of course, that doesn't stop in-universe writers such as Oolon Coluphid from cashing in on the argument.
10th Nov '17 8:46:50 PM Shaid
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* In WebOriginal/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged, this is how the [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Bottomswell Bottomswell]] is defeated. During the fight, Cloud wonders about the monster's visible gills, reasoning that it should need water to live. Cue monster disintegration and Cloud's confused LampshadeHanging.

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* In WebOriginal/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged, Machinima/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged, this is how the [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Bottomswell Bottomswell]] is defeated. During the fight, Cloud wonders about the monster's visible gills, reasoning that it should need water to live. Cue monster disintegration and Cloud's confused LampshadeHanging.
10th Nov '17 8:45:52 PM Shaid
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* In WebOriginal/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged, this is how the [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Bottomswell Bottomswell]] is defeated. During the fight, Cloud wonders about the monster's visible gills, reasoning that it should need water to live. Cue monster disintegration and Cloud's confused LampshadeHanging.
9th Nov '17 6:10:13 PM pwiegle
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** In another strip, Oliver hacks into the IRS computers and erases all data pertaining to his father, so his dad won't have to pay taxes. His father is immediately erased from existence.
1st Nov '17 3:36:49 PM thatother1dude
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' had the kids annoying René Descartes ("I Think, therefore I Am") so much that he couldn't think. As soon as he realizes this, ''poof!''[[note]]For those not in the know, his famous statement refers to the fact that he is ''capable'' of thought, in general, and thus he -- or at least his mind -- must exist in some form because the thoughts must be originating from something. But of course that's not as funny as a person spontaneously poofing out of existence.[[/note]]

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' had the kids annoying René Descartes ("I Think, therefore I Am") so much that he [[FourTermsFallacy couldn't think.think]]. As soon as he realizes this, ''poof!''[[note]]For those not in the know, his famous statement refers to the fact that he is ''capable'' of thought, in general, and thus he -- or at least his mind -- must exist in some form because the thoughts must be originating from something. But of course that's not as funny as a person spontaneously poofing out of existence.[[/note]]
29th Oct '17 3:21:49 AM eroock
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-->-- '''Joke'''
27th Oct '17 10:40:36 PM AnotherDuck
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* There are a number of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-refuting_idea belief systems that refute themselves]]. These include:
** Logical positivism asserts that only statements about empirical observations are meaningful, effectively asserting that all metaphysical statements are meaningless. Unfortunately, [[LogicBomb this fundamental tenet of logical positivism belongs to the family of statements that it asserts to be meaningless]]. As a result, the entire edifice of logical positivism vanishes in a puff of logic. Of course, this argument is itself a purely metaphysical/philosophical conjecture, and therefore meaningless.
** A true nihilist must believe that nihilism itself is as meaningless as all other supposed truths. Likewise, someone sincere in their cynicism will also be cynical about their own cynicism.
* [[http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/S/schroedinbug.html Schroedinbugs]] are bugs in which a program works fine until someone looking at the source code realizes it shouldn't work, at which point it stops working. This occasionally happens. Mostly it's because it only works because of some strange bit of junk data lodged in the memory it references. When the program is edited, it references something else, which means that the little bit of randomness that made it work isn't there anymore.\\
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Even more aggravating are the reverse phenomena: heisenbugs. The kind that are immediately apparent when you are running your code normally, but magically disappear when you try to fix or isolate them, leaving you with [[ParanoiaFuel that nagging feeling that they can come back at any time]], no matter how much work you've done to fix them. Usually, these bugs are triggered by a reverse of the same phenomena that causes Shroedinbugs: the error only shows up due to some junk data, and the presence of a debugger disturbs the cause of the bug to the point that it no longer exists. Alternately, a bug in one subsystem is only triggered when a bug in another system goes off, and so on, to the point that the result is impossible to replicate.\\
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Both not are limited just to programming. In other applications -for example, complex electrical automatisms with many contactors, timers, contacts, etc.- may appear too.
* It's common to wake up from a dream when you realize that you're dreaming. If you stay in the dream however, you can [[RealityWarper take over the place.]]
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23rd Oct '17 4:10:54 PM Compucles
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MeetTheRobinsons'', the main villain is defeated when [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext the past version of its creator vows to never invent it]], thus erasing both it and its successfully completed evil plan from existence.]]
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