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  • "The sorites paradox (from Ancient Greek: σωρείτης sōreitēs, meaning "heaped up") is a paradox that arises from vague predicates. The paradox of the heap is an example of this paradox which arises when one considers a heap of sand, from which grains are individually removed. Is it still a heap when only one grain remains? If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap?"


    July 13, 2012

  • Ruzuzu, Are you asking for a 'heap of trouble?'

    The paradox reminds me of Mandelbrot and measuring the coastline of England (grain of sand boundary by grain of sand boundary). The smaller the measure the longer the coastline (coastcurve would be a more correct term).

    The Greeks also created the term meander - or meanderenthrall if you will- The deeper one gets into a paradox the more heapish it gets even if the heap is seemingly diminishing.

    One has to watch out for unposted posticates! (The predicates are clausebacks!)

    July 13, 2012

  • Thanks heaps, fbharjo.

    July 13, 2012