The most profound question someone can ask is, “Who am I?” or “Where did I come from?” or “What am I doing here?” Why do human beings like believing that something exists, instead of nothing? Scholars argue that this is because something exists which provides the reason for its existence. Some of history’s best minds, scientists and philosophers, have tried to delve into the mysteries of the origin of the universe.
When we think “philosopher,” a certain image comes to mind—most often a wise, calm person, who is knowledgeable and mature. You wouldn’t necessarily imagine someone being cheeky with the people about to kill them or urinating on random bystanders. Nevertheless, those were some of philosophy’s greatest minds, and some did even crazier things.
In the centuries since the ancient Greeks first pondered them, paradoxes have flourished throughout society, delighting and infuriating millions of people. Some are just problems that have counterintuitive answers, while others are unsolvable problems. Here are 10 to melt your mind.