Zeno's Paradox Relg 102 H01
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Date Created: 08/30/15
Danielle Gibson Relg 102H01 Intro World Religions Dr Alex Snow Notes 081715 Background 0 Zeno s Paradox O Zeno Greek philosopher one generation before Aristotle and Plato 0 Only unsolvable paradox in Western Religion gt O Noth1ng 1n the world changes Heraclltus I Heraclltus problem w1th nouns Why 1s body called a noun when 1t s constantly changing Why not call it a verb or a process 0 Motion is an illusion fact is false Parmenides I Western Independence 0 Eastern Interdependence 0 Believe in linear time 0 Everything is connected beginning and end exist 0 No beginning or end 0 Examples 0 Everyone has been I Jews Belief is nOt 0k everything so we re all Gods western Independ I Chr1st1ans and Goddesses 0 Examples mm Asian I Buddhist 39 39 ISlamie 0 Nothing we know now exists 0 All independent from one Liberty and freedom anetner don t exist So you 0 All things independent don t exist Get rid of conception of self I No such thing as hate love N0 mevou All different 0 Something magnified 5 million times under a microscope becomes nothing so noun verb So does anything really exist or do we only imagine it does 0 Do we or do we not live in a world where things are what we think they are 0 How you treat them How we relate to them 0 Rami cations of Zeno s World Views Zeno s Paradox 0 Everything is in constant ux 0 o Zeno s Problem The paradox of the arrow 0 Can we trust our experiences Is it what we thought Can we prove it Start Finish End Begin Cause Effect Original cause to create effect 39 Can we prove what the original cause was to create the effect And if we can t can how can we ever prove the effect was real 0 People didn t like this theory because it had the potential to create chaos if there was no cause then there was no effect and if nothing exists then does anything matter 1914 German Patent Writer Albert Einstein invents new word out of nowhere to create an answer for this paradox spacetime Go back in spacetime to find cause of effect 0 The problem is that no matter how fast or slow you go back in time as long as you maintain a constant speed you will be going back in time Eventually you ll get half the way fourth of the way eighth of the way get infinitely close but never EVER get there L said Zeno Kant says space and time don t exist When God created things there was a start a beginning but Zeno s Paradox says that never happened couldn t have because there could be no beginning 0 There are many Christian texts and much Christian history that was excluded from the Bible Aristotle Father of all western science which makes Zeno godfather of all western science says he isn t comfortable with Zeno s paradox he didn t say it was wrong or untrue just that he wasn t comfortable with it and neither was his culture It would cause chaos so he and his family and his culture weren t comfortable with it Therefore he made up the term Note again that he never said Zeno or his theory was wrong 0 Aristotle simply stated that Zeno s Paradox would cause insecurity in personal lives and chaos in political lives therefore it was not safe so he created what is known as First Cause to create a solution to the Paradox Made it up 0 First Cause simply went back and created a first cause to be the cause that brought about the effect Popular children s story has real meaning ACHILLES AND THE TORTOISE 0 Tortoise said if you give me a 5 feet start I can beat you Achilles said no way you could I m so much faster than you But tortoise insisted and so they raced 0 Triangle Tortoise Oval Achilles gt Neither one ever wins because neither ever get there They both get infinitely closer and closer but it is impossible to ever reach the end Here and there are independent so can we ever get there gt Can t get there because once you re there it s here They are two independent nouns so can you ever get there If there always becomes here but is independent from here it is impossible to ever get there So in reality are they really independent 0 O 0 Illustration of Achilles and the Tortoise infinite progress 0 9 A o O u 0 i Side note of No such thing as hatelove No meyou A different 0 You can t hate or love someone because that requires two separate individual people which do not exist under interdependence Everyone and everything is one So quotIquot can39t LOVE or HATE quotyouquot because there is no me and you we would be one 0
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