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Zeno’s Infinite Halves Paradox, Solved, In Two Ways (The Arrow and Bow Paradox)

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m not sure if I understand Zeno’s Paradox correctly, but if I have, I believe I’ve solved it by one of my solutions.

The “paradox” is this: Will an arrow ever leave a bow if it must first cross the half of each distance it travels? This “paradox” was meant to prove to people that change (including motion) is an illusion. It’s clearly wrong however as we can all see things changing and moving.

It’s that simple.

Here is another paradox, which is based on my misunderstanding of Zeno’s Arrow and Bow Paradox:

Would you ever reach your destination (a finite one, like, one foot away) if you must first cross the half length of the destination but only after first crossing the half of every other half in that first half? My answer is that you would reach your destination simply by moving forward and crossing that length. If Zeno had said, “first cross the first half before crossing the other halves” then you would either never reach your destination IF the inner space were infinite between the start and finish point, or would reach it if inner space is finite. But no one has yet found if inner space is finite, so, who knows?

More information:

Zeno’s Paradoxes Undeniably Solved For The First Time Ever

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