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Barber Paradox (Russell's Paradox)


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#91 Austin CG

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 05:40 AM

This is the original paradox, one that can't be solved



In a village, the barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself/herself, but no one else.

Who shaves the barber?


I guess anyone capable of shaving someone else besides the barber could do it.
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#92 ConfusionZ

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:37 AM

I guess anyone capable of shaving someone else besides the barber could do it.



It's true that others who do not shave themselves can shave the barber but the paradox still exists as the barber is now not shaving himself and if we assume the barber is included in "everyone" he would have to shave himself.....

Edited by ConfusionZ, 02 September 2009 - 04:43 AM.

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#93 ConfusionZ

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:49 AM

I think it depends on the wording.

Can the barber be shaved? Yes
Can he shave himself? No

Edited by ConfusionZ, 02 September 2009 - 04:50 AM.

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#94 zera

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:00 PM

no one shaves the barber as he does not need to be shaved. all his hair has been removed by laser. =)
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#95 GigaHand

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:17 PM

In the village? Obviously he must leave the village if he wishes to be shaved.
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#96 Wtfwasthat

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:16 PM

This is the original paradox, one that can't be solved

In a village, the barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself/herself, but no one else.

Who shaves the barber?


Someone who shaves themself can shave the barber?
(I say someone who shaves themselves since I wouldn't want someone who can't shave to shave me, unless they had steady hands like a Dr)
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#97 Wtfwasthat

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:17 PM

This is the original paradox, one that can't be solved



In a village, the barber shaves everyone who does not shave himself/herself, but no one else.

Who shaves the barber?


Another barber?
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#98 hailey bailey

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:15 PM

Simply put... that barber must have one CRAZY beard!
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#99 doihaveabrain

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 04:08 PM

The fundamental statement in this paradox relates to the barber shaving others. no where does it say who can shave the barber. therefore if there is another barber in the village, the second barber can shave the barber in question.
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#100 patsfan565

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 01:37 AM

noone
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