Pinocchio’s Paradox

What is Pinocchio’s Paradox and why haven’t we heard of it before?

The statement goes like this… “My nose will grow now”. That’s it! If Pinocchio were to actually say that it would cause a paradox.


We know that Pinocchio’s nose grows when he tells a lie right? So that means if Pinocchio were to say “My nose will grow now” and his nose does grow, that would mean he wasn’t lying. But, if Pinocchio wasn’t lying, then his nose wouldn’t grow. Confused yet?


So Pinocchio’s nose would have to grow to make the statement true, but then it can’t grow otherwise the statement would not be a lie.


Pinocchio Paradox came from an 11-year-old girl named Veronique Eldridge-Smith back in 2001. Veronique is the daughter of Peter Eldridge-Smith, who specializes in the philosophy of logic.


‘My nose will grow now’ is the only paradox Pinocchio can cause by saying something. If Pinocchio wants to say, “I will sneeze now”, and he doesn’t that would be a lie and his nose would grow.


Story Credit: The Facts Site

Photo Credit: Flickr

Posted in All Stories, Stokley Peters

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