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9th Mar '18 8:16:54 AM shokoshu
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** The above paragraph not necessarily slays Zeno's paradox with respect to RealLife physics - it's not obvious at all that time and space are continuous, in fact quantum theory plus general relativity suggests the opposite.
24th Feb '18 9:42:36 PM thatother1dude
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* Creator/ScottMcCloud (of ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'' fame)'s ''ComicBook/UnderstandingComics'' takes this to a thought-provoking OverlyLongGag extreme as part of his demonstration of just how much the reader of a comic is mentally filling in. Not only is it not a pipe, it's not even a painting of a pipe. Is it a drawing of a painting of a pipe? No, actually it's not even that -- it's a ''printed copy'' of a drawing of a painting of a pipe. In fact, it's ''several'' printed copies, appearing in multiple panels, each one dependent on the reader to observe.
-->"Do you hear what I'm saying? If you do, have your ears checked, because no one said a word."

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* Creator/ScottMcCloud (of ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'' fame)'s ''ComicBook/UnderstandingComics'' takes this to a thought-provoking OverlyLongGag extreme as part of his demonstration of just how much the reader of a comic is mentally filling in. Not only is it not a pipe, it's not even a painting of a pipe. Is it a drawing of a painting of a pipe? No, actually it's not even that -- it's a ''printed copy'' of a drawing of a painting of a pipe. In fact, it's ''several'' printed copies, [[SequentialArt appearing in multiple panels, each one dependent on the reader to observe.
-->"Do
observe]].
-->''Do
you hear what I'm saying? If you do, have your ears checked, because no one said a word."''
24th Feb '18 9:13:31 PM thatother1dude
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* The novel ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' uses this trope endlessly and is one of the most basic functions of the party. A relevant part of [[spoiler: O'Brien]]'s conversation with Winston revolves around whether the Party could, pragmatically speaking, change reality itself, with the torturer arguing that he could "float like a soap bubble" if he wanted to. After all, if Winston perceives (forcibly) such a thing, and it is on record, in what sense is it ''untrue''? Also, it is never revealed whether Goldstein or Big Brother are real, but it is suggested that, sociologically speaking, for all intents and purposes, they ''are'' real.
-->"Does BIG BROTHER exist?"
-->"Of course he exists. The Party exists. BIG BROTHER is the embodiment of the Party."
-->"Does he exist in the same way as I exist?"
-->"You do not exist," said [[spoiler: O'Brien]].

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* The novel ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' uses this trope endlessly and is one of the most basic functions of the party. A relevant part of [[spoiler: O'Brien]]'s conversation with Winston revolves around whether the Party could, pragmatically speaking, [[TwoPlusTortureMakesFive change reality itself, itself]], with the torturer arguing that he could "float like a soap bubble" if he wanted to. After all, if Winston perceives (forcibly) such a thing, and it is on record, in what sense is it ''untrue''? Also, it is never revealed whether Goldstein or Big Brother are real, but it is suggested that, sociologically speaking, for all intents and purposes, they ''are'' real.
-->"Does BIG BROTHER exist?"
-->"Of
exist?"\\
"Of
course he exists. The Party exists. BIG BROTHER is the embodiment of the Party."
-->"Does
"\\
"Does
he exist in the same way as I exist?"
-->"You
exist?"\\
"You
do not exist," said [[spoiler: O'Brien]].
22nd Jan '18 6:44:15 PM DustSnitch
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* The narrator of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' spends much of ''Paradiso'' lamenting that even his most extensive and beautiful descriptions of Heaven are mere shadows of his memories, which themselves are shadows of the real experience. The inequality between reality, memory, and expression become a topic of discussion between Dante and his blessed great-great-grandfather, who experiences all these equally.
-->''"In mortals, word and sentiment [...] are wings whose featherings are disparate."''
3rd Jan '18 5:44:12 AM Cryoclaste
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* [[DittoFighter Ditto]] in the anime and manga of ''{{Pokemon}}'' have much more advanced shapeshifting skills than in the video game, but aren't particularly bright. In one case, a Ditto was shown a picture of a Dratini in a book and told to turn into it...and the Ditto turned into a book.

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* [[DittoFighter Ditto]] in the anime and manga of ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' have much more advanced shapeshifting skills than in the video game, but aren't particularly bright. In one case, a Ditto was shown a picture of a Dratini in a book and told to turn into it...and the Ditto turned into a book.
26th Oct '17 11:23:37 AM BeerBaron
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* Most of the more esoteric ''Franchise/ElderScrolls'' lore is pretty much made of this trope. For example: gods basically only exist [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly because people believe in them.]] And if different cultures have different interpretations of the same god, it splits into separate entities. [[MindScrew Sort of.]] The [[BigBad Thalmor]] endgame is basically to "unmake" the universe and become/return to being gods by eroding the worship of Talos, who helps to hold the world together, and make it so that the universe was never created. And that's not even getting into Dragon Breaks...

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* Most of the more esoteric ''Franchise/ElderScrolls'' ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' lore is pretty much made of this trope. For example: gods basically only exist [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly because people believe in them.]] them]]. And if different cultures have different interpretations of the same god, it splits into separate entities.entities, known as "aspects". [[MindScrew Sort of.]] The [[BigBad [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] endgame is basically to "unmake" the universe and become/return to being gods by eroding the worship of Talos, a DeityOfHumanOrigin who helps to hold the world together, and make it so that the universe was never created. And that's not even getting into Dragon Breaks...[[TimeCrash Dragon]] [[RealityIsOutToLunch Breaks]]...
22nd Jun '17 4:12:24 PM TonyG
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* On ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai and Rigby are asked to paint the garage door. As a prank, they paint it to look exactly like the inside of the garage. Unfortunately, Pops falls for it and drives his car through it, so Benson orders Mordecai and Rigby to go buy a new door.
19th Jun '17 6:04:15 AM y2k890
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** [[http://neuromancer.hu/neuroblog/simpsonsnemcouchgag.png Ceci n'est pas une couch gag.]]

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** [[http://neuromancer.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20131225231622/https://neuromancer.hu/neuroblog/simpsonsnemcouchgag.png Ceci n'est pas une couch gag.]]
1st Jun '17 7:35:16 PM PaulA
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* In several Creator/RobertAHeinlein books, Fair Witnesses will reply to 'What color is that house' with 'It appears to be white on this side', as they have not seen the other side, and even if they were to walk over there and look, they could not be sure that someone had not repainted it as soon as it was out of their sight. This extends so far that they will even look over at the house before answering, just to make sure. Note that in the case of this example, the house in question was the property next door to the one the woman lived at, and that she was probably very familiar with it. But her training was such that she was unable to assume anything.[[note]]Also, she had been specifically asked to "put [her] Fair Witness robes on", to help make this very point. Otherwise, she presumably could have gotten away with making assumptions like anyone else.[[/note]]

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* In several Creator/RobertAHeinlein books, ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, Fair Witnesses will reply to 'What color is that house' with 'It appears to be white on this side', as they have not seen the other side, and even if they were to walk over there and look, they could not be sure that someone had not repainted it as soon as it was out of their sight. This extends so far that they will even look over at the house before answering, just to make sure. Note that in the case of this example, the house in question was the property next door to the one the woman lived at, and that she was probably very familiar with it. But her training was such that she was unable to assume anything.[[note]]Also, she had been specifically asked to "put [her] Fair Witness robes on", to help make this very point. Otherwise, she presumably could have gotten away with making assumptions like anyone else.[[/note]]
3rd May '17 8:41:12 AM ProgenyExMachina
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* There is an urban legend about a philosophy class where the final exam was to write an essay arguing that a chair placed at the front of the room did not exist. One student simply wrote down "What chair?" and got the highest grade.
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