Contagion by assumption

The domination of life by lack of attentiom.


Language is a messenger service. How, what, and if it delivers that service shapes our perceptions of the world and its contents.


A paradox is an assumed contradiction. Something that implies that its being should not be.


Contagion is a noun refering to the spreading of usually harmful diseases. It may involve the transmission of corrupting emotional or mental sates amongst groups or populations.

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If someone wants to tell you that certain things are true. Certain things are facts. Certain things are indisputable. If someone wants to speak with authority, at times absolute authority, then it is well worth considering their sources and their motivations.

There is something odd about a world with a history of changing facts being so full of certainty, or at least the assumption of certainty.
I am mostly uncertain about most things.
I am certainly uncertain about many things people tell me are true.

Black Holes, External Realities, Beginnings of Time, Transfinite Numbers... lots of uncertainties.

Why are all the impact craters on the moon circular? Surely some wandering rocks should have gouged out a few trenches? There are examples of eliptical craters but their rarity does deserve a reasoned answer to the question.

We need to carefully consider the language we use to consider our uncertainties, and distinguish assumption from certainty.

What's wrong with paradox?

The question concerning craters on the moon is not a trivial one. An intuitive answer may be a classic example of Contagion by Assumption. Knowledge may act like a disease, creating symptoms of certainty where certainty has no right to be. People believe they know why there are craters on the moon, rocks crashing onto the surface create craters, no more needs to be said.
You have never seen a rock hitting the moon, have you? You have been told they are impact craters but knowledge of their presence and appearance are based solely on learned information. What is said to happen involves objects traveling at very high velocity being slowed very quickly on impact. High compression converts kinetic energy into heat and the object into a gaseous state. The consequence is explosive vapourisation throwing surface materials out in a relatively uniform circular pattern.
The angle of approach of the object has little bearing on the subsequent expansion of highly compressed hot gas, resulting in the predominance of circular craters.
The belief that asteroids cause craters is partial knowledge, which here is refered to as Contagion. See the Contagion page for more details.

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This site is concerned with Language and Paradox.

Language has one purpose and millions of forms, though that may prove to be speculation. Written, spoken, mathematical, chromatical, quantum or heteromorphic the diversity within language is enormous but the underlying principles are as of yet barely perceived.
I may perceive things you may think are contradictory, which is why this site is concerns itself with the paradoxical.

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