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Discussion Forum Response 133, writing homework help


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The subject regarding Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox is a little confusing to me. Although I have read multiple articles about Zeno’s Paradox, it does have a common theme which revolves around mathematics and philosophy; however, when looking at motion, Zeno seems to look at this as fluent and never really defined. Looking at this theory, it seems impossible to reach the end point. In order to do so, you must continue to travel half the distance from point A to point B then continue to travel half the remaining distance and so on. Many of the articles have disproved his Dichotomy Paradox when looking at the physical science aspect but agreed that it was true when looking at mathematical aspect.

One article I found to be very interesting was asking if Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox can be resolved with Quantum Mechanics. The author of this article provided an alternative perspective which did not disprove Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox but reasoned it could require an infinite number of actions to move from point A to point B. This author gave an example of having a box of some macroscopic size which it was in the process of moving with constant velocity from point A to point B, the box was made up of atoms. When you focus more in on the leading face of the box, “you can see the motion of this said box is really the motion of a very large number of atoms moving in the same direction making it impossible to determine both a particle’s momentum and position simultaneously.” () Supposedly behind this reason is due to all particles having wavelike characteristics which in the end makes it hard to define.

I do not entirely support Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox but it is very interesting to see how his theory could possible be true. If you would like to view this article, I will have it cited below. The author of this article gave two different ideas how Zeno’s Paradox could be resolved.


“Can Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox be Resolved with Quantum Mechanics?” Physics Stack Exchange. N.p., 09 Oct. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.

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The ancient Greek philosopher Zeno has a few different paradoxes. In our forum it appears that we are talking about the dichotomy paradox. It is the idea that there are an infinite number of halves between you and your destination. If you are to reach your destination you must first reach half way then there is another half and another half, so on and so forth. I do not agree. First off I feel that the data provided for the paradox contradicts itself. If you have point A which is a start point or a beginning, then how can you say that you have infinite halves of tasks before you even reach A. Saying that you have a point A implies that there is nothing before it because what comes before A? So if we have a beginning which is A and an end which is B then we have a distance or a measurement between the points. Now that we have a distance between two fixed locations in time you could measure at what speed you or the object is moving and how long it takes you to get from point A to point B. Yes you will have to cross X number of halves before you reach B but to say that you would never reach B would imply that location B is continuously moving away from A. So if you have either infinite times or you had a beginning and an end something would still have to be moving and how can we say that there is no motion?

Zeno’s paradoxes. (2011). In National Geographic (Ed.), The big idea: How breakthroughs of the past shape the future. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=http://search.cr…

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