A Paradoxical Self-Referential Statement

A small discussion in a meeting about two decades ago.

Lior: Some people in the department think that they are wiser than what they really are

John: I am really wiser than what I think I am.

John’s statement is paradoxical (and funny). It looks similar to famous paradoxical self referential statements but it has some twist.

See also this question on philosophy stack-exchange

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1 Response to A Paradoxical Self-Referential Statement

  1. Cristi says:

    It reminded me a bit of somebody who complained of having an inferiority complex.

    But in this case there’s a difference: a representation of your mind in your own mind can’t be lossless, so we may expect that we can’t fully understand/represent our own wiseness.

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