X-Message-Number: 10235
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:23:07 +0000
From: Kennita Watson <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #10222 - #10228
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>  wrote:
> Thomas Donaldson (#10217) mentions the Barber "paradox," which is entirely
> different from the Liar, and much easier, as follows:
> In some town (not Seville) there is one barber, and the barber shaves all
> those men who don't shave themselves. Who shaves the barber?
> Obviously, no problem arises except in the case of the barber himself, so the
> statement essentially reduces to: "If the barber shaves himself, then he does
> not shave himself; and if he does not shave himself, then he does shave
> himself." This is merely self-contradiction, not paradox in any sense.
> Childishly simple, with no shades of Goedel whatever.

<rolling on the floor laughing> I have a fine solution that would show 
no paradox and no self-contradiction, merely an elementary exercise in 

Try this on for size:
Nobody shaves the barber.  The barber is a woman.

But you're welcome to ignore that solution if you have a point to make
that renders it inconvenient :-) .

Kennita Watson


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