Originally posted by crazyblue
...a paradox, a dilemma or a puzzle?
It's certainly not a paradox, no contradiction is present, it is only an open question with alternatives.
But a sentence like "This is a paradox!" is a paradox. Why? Because no paradox is presentt, therfore it is not a paradox, but if it is not a paradox, why does the sentence say so?, therefore it is a paradox. This kind of sentences is called self-referencing sentences.
Another self-referencing sentence is the following: "This sentence is written in Swedish." Is it a paradox? Yes, because if it is written in Swedish, most of you can't read it, yet you can read it, therefore it is not written in Swedish, even if it says so.
Another sentence is this "Denna mening är skriven på engelska." Is it?
Then we have sentences wich are mutual referencing. An example is the following: "Ich spreche nicht fransösich. Je parle pas l'Anglais. I don't spek german." Is this a paradox?