Liar Paradox


Planet Millennium

Planet Millennium

—The Great Way

Dragonram tells Metamorphosis and Hunter that Ramcrabb the Extractor has told a lie.

“Wait a minute,” Hunter said.

“How do we know that this Ramcrabb character is really lying?”

“It is the same when humans tell you they are lying,” Dragonram said.

“The liar paradox.”


“What does that mean?” Hunter asked.

“The liar paradox means, if it is true, it is false. If it is false, it is true.”

Hunter put his hands on his hips. “What?”

“Ramcrabb has told us he is lying about the ambush,” Dragonram said.


“The logical conclusion must be, if Ramcrabb’s claim that he is lying is true, then he is lying, in which case what he says about the ambush is false.

“If this is true, then we are no better off, because if Ramcrabb’s claim that he is lying is false, then he is not lying, in which case what he says is true.

“Ramcrabb’s statement gives rise to logical contradictions.

“The statement is both true and false.”

Dragonram grinned. “This is why you should take a different route.”







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