Coronavirus meets the limits of logic

[ by Charles Cameron — this one’s strictly for fun ]


We have my friend the bead game designer JustKnecht to thank fo passing along this gem:

Dr Fauci has solved Bertrand Russell’s famous paradox.

An immunologist who only quarantines people who don’t quarantine themselves, does he quarantine himself?

If he does, he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, he does. See the problem?

Dr Fauci’s original and elegant solution: Partially.

— just knecht (@justknecht) May 19, 2020

That’s a screen-grab, it has to be — and it’s pretty astonishing to find the chyron to a screen-grab referencing Bertie Russell, let alone Russell’s paradox. I must have grabbed dozens of chyrons a few months back, when I was looking for game and sports metaphors for warfare — I never saw anything like this!


BTW, it’s an ouroboros paradox too, isn’t it?