A paradox is a very strange thing: it is an anomaly of reasoning, and, whereas good reasoning is thought to produce sound conclusions, paradoxes can challenge this assumption. With paradoxes the reasoning may appear good but the conclusion that follows absurd. The word comes from Ancient Greek: para meaning ‘distinct from...
Taken from Peter Worley's book '40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking', Bloomsbury September 2015
Equipment needed and preparation:
An enclosed non-transparent box,
A ball (optional - see below)
Starting age: 10 years
Key concept / vocabulary: Hypothesis, test, show, demonstrate, true, false, knowledge
I told my Uncle as he drank his tea
That our class is doing Philosophy.
‘Is that wise?’ he said, frowning down at me.
‘Wise is what philosophy’s supposed to be’
I replied, helpfully.
‘It’s dangerous’ he said, ‘actually’.
I was stunned. How could this be?
My uncle murmured: &lsq...