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What is better - eternal bliss or a simple bread?


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#21 Bear

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 12:23 PM

All depends on what diet plan you are on.
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#22 Vlado

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:39 PM

Nothing is better then E.B. => that entity(x) at present does not exist
Piece of B. is better then nothing => it is better then 0 (non-existence) entity (y)

two different entities

E.B. is better then P.O.B.
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#23 A1C

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:33 PM

really its just like the transitive property in math but in words.

like
all crows are black..
all crows are birds..
all birds are black..

its not true
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#24 Izzie

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 04:52 AM

Play on words

The Statement "What is better than eternal bliss? Nothing." must be read as "What is better than eternal bliss? There is nothing better than eternal bliss." due to context.

So "But a slice of bread is better than nothing." means exactly what it says (again, context.)

However, "something being better than nothing" is worse than "There is nothing better than (eternal bliss)" (due to the latter being an implied (context) explicit statement.)
Therefore the Statement "So a slice of bread is better than eternal bliss." is clearly false.
Regards, Izzie
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#25 Izzyfive

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 09:12 PM

This is not a paradox. It's comparing a noun to a quantity. It is like saying "What is better, a a tree or zero." It's a play on words, but it's not a paradox. Another way of looking at it is this: "Everything is worse than eternal bliss, and a piece of bread is not better than everything."
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#26 rookie1ja

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 10:09 PM

This is not a paradox. It's comparing a noun to a quantity. It is like saying "What is better, a a tree or zero." It's a play on words, but it's not a paradox. Another way of looking at it is this: "Everything is worse than eternal bliss, and a piece of bread is not better than everything."


it's listed under "My favorite sophisms" ... the paradoxes page was the closest one to place it on
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Posted 17 September 2007 - 10:33 PM

Vewy punny.
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#28 BrainMagMo

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 07:55 AM

Nice play on words.
It should be:
There is nothing better than eternal bliss.
and
Bread is better than nothingness.
Paradox solved.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 10:43 PM

This one is interesting, but my thought is that the two "nothings" involved in the riddle are two independent "nothings", and thus can not be taken as equals. If you take away the assumption that the two "nothings" are equal, you are left with a ridiculous sounding attempt at the transitive property...



bread is better than "not having any food"
"No state of being" is better than eternal bliss

Therefore "Not having any food" is better than "No state of being".
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#30 Lemeshianos

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 01:04 PM

Nothing is better than eternal bliss.
bread is better than nothing.

Break it down.
No thing is better than eternal bliss
bread is a thing.
so bread can't be better than eternal bliss.
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