Tonight, I was doing a crossword that had a clue related to Zeno.

As I've noted before, I went to a liberal arts school and in fact spent a semester attending a class on philosophy (I'm not sure if "studying" is really the right word... (If a student attends a philosophy class but doesn't hear the professor, did he give a lecture?))

Anyway, I was at a loss at remembering the details of Zeno's philosophy. Annoyingly, I did remember that zeno had significant maritime interests - he had his home on the sea and had built significant moorings for his ocean-going vessel, and he also had a second residence on a nearby lake, also with a personal boat moored there.

This was rare, rare enough that Zeno was known for his maritime holdings rather than his philosophical contributions.

Comments (4)

  1. ericgu says:

    If you need a hint, go read the wikipedia entry on "Zeno of Elea".

  2. ericgu says:

    Pay special attention to section 3 of the writeup…

  3. Peter Ritchie says:

    Philosophical paradoxes or proofs that Aristotle’s theories on Physics are incomplete?

  4. Keith says:

    Zenos paradoxes are actually great examples of reasoning that leads you to deem something to be impossible.

    Often programmers come up with similar reasoning to why something can’t be done.  It’s always worth going back and questioning your assumptions if you do find yourself "proving" something to be impossible.

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