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Adventures in Thought with Paradoxes

Hey, it’s April Fool’s Day! Let’s mess with our brains a little by tripping them up with some wicked paradoxes.

The great thinkers of history have come across a few puzzling ideas that looked good on paper but just didn’t jive with common sense. These contradictory or ambiguous ideas are known as paradoxes. This video quickly highlights some of the most well-known paradoxes. There are many others.

For more in-depth explanations of paradoxical fun check out Jim Al Khalili’s book, Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics. This book includes a brilliant explanation of the dreaded Monty Hall paradox.

Here is a fun introduction to Monty Hall presented by mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy:


9-year-old Goes to Bat Against Life’s Toughest Questions Hits Home Run

“You never know for sure if there is anything in the search… It’s an endless quest without knowing what your quest is.” –not even Carl Sagan

This boy has some great answers to tough questions. He understands that it is okay not to have all of the answers yet and to continue searching. He does a great job of avoiding filling in gaps in his knowledge with guesses or made-up stuff.

He struggles a bit during the question about events in life being predestined but we get to see him counter with questions about the question and finally admit he might be wrong. Brilliant!


Real Life Spaceship Captain

Who is this @Cmdr_Hadfield tweeting from space with such infectious enthusiasm and posting sensational pictures of Earth from orbit? His name is Commander Chris Hadfield. He is a Canadian astronaut who is currently serving as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station. We were so charmed by his tweets that we searched out this pre-launch interview with him. He is every bit as cool on video and great at describing his mission as an astronaut.

In March, Commander Hadfield will go from flight engineer to commander of the International Space Station’s Mission 35. He will be a real life spaceship captain just as he says in the video.


Little Octopus Climbing Over a Rock by Parry Gripp

Instant kid science dance party pop hit! ❤ ❤ ❤

More Parry Gripp tunes here.