This Statement is False
“This Statement is False” is a classic paradox that points to an important realization: some statements, even if true, can neither be proved nor disproved with a system of logic. Well, how can it be a logical system if it can’t prove true statement? A logical system that’s illogical is illogical (yet another paradox!). However, Gödel’s incompleteness theorem has sufficient proof to demonstrate that logical systems are either incomplete or inconsistent.
Paradox points to a massive black hole in our understanding of thought. If we’re not careful, we can fall into an infinite regress that ends in hyper intellectualization with nothing to show for it. But this black hole can also be contextualized as a wormhole to even deeper understanding and mystical experience.
Patterns of Paradox
Paradoxes show up everywhere. Here’s a lengthy but incomplete list of approximately 300 paradoxes, and we can name a few additional and important ones here. For example, it is paradoxical that there is order within chaos. Fractal, reoccurring patterns can be observed in chaotic systems, from weather, to cosmology, to financial systems.
The description of chaotic behavior includes a pattern of “self-reference.” For example, the fractal pattern known as the Mandelbrot set is described by the following equation:
In the Mandelbrot Set, like all fractals in chaotic system, the future state depends on the current state: it’s self-referential. Seeing the pattern from 50,000 feet, we can take advantage of the pattern of paradox…
Self-reference is a key to paradox. And paradox is one of several defining features of mystical experience. Paradoxicality includes:
- Experience of a paradoxical awareness that two apparently opposite principles or situations are both true.
- Sense that in order to describe parts of your experience you would have to use statements that appear to be illogical, involving contradictions and paradoxes.
- Feeling that it would be difficult to communicate your own experience to others who have not had similar experiences.
Given the right conditions and the right context, certain self-referential inquiries can be used to open a paradoxical wormhole to deeper understanding. Here’s a few ways to state self-referential wormholes than can lead to mystical experience (again, under the right conditions): Witness the witnesser. Notice the noticer. Who is aware of awareness?
The Metamodern Mystery School
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