What Paradoxes Make Your Brain Hurt? Here’s What People Had to Say.

You’re freaking me out and I feel like my brain is gonna explode!

Okay, maybe that’s a bit overdramatic, but paradoxes do make me think…and they can frustrate the hell out of me, too.

People took to AskReddit to talk about the paradoxes that make their brains hurt.

Let’s see what they had to say.

1. What do you want from me?

“As a child being scolded and told:

“Mind your own business”


“You only think about yourself”

So which is it? What do you want me to do???”

2. That stings.

“You can’t have perfect freedom and perfect equality.

At some point, freedom impinges on equality and vice versa.

That one stung when I first realized it.”

3. Confused.

“I don’t know if this counts or if I’m just stupid but when Oscan Wilde said : “Everything in moderation including moderation”.”

4. What does it all mean?

“Energy can’t be created or destroyed, so everything came from something.

Where did the energy come from?

If God, what created God?”

5. Existence.

“Are you truly alive or are you actually d**d but your mind can’t process that so you just perpetuate your consciousness until the universe resets and you are back living legitimately?”

6. Bummer.

“You can’t afford this mortgage for $800 a month, so we’re going to force you to rent a sh**ty studio apartment for $1500 a month.”

7. Makes my head hurt.

“Does the universe have an “end” or does it go on forever?

Either option seems unfathomable.”

8. What do you do?

“Two guards at a door.

One always lies and one always tells the truth. You ask them if there is certain d**th on the other side of the door.

The one on the left says yes, and the one on the right says no. So you ask the one on the left if the other guard is lying. He says yes.

Do you go through the door?”

9. A personal one.

“Life with my ex was terrible and I wish I’d avoided it.

Life with my daughter is wonderful and she wouldn’t exist without my ex.”

10. Don’t ask me.

“The first law of thermodynamics states, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed.”

So how is the Big Bang physically possible?

You can get an infinite universe with infinite time, space, and matter from infinite nothing?”

11. A real head-scratcher.

“A Christian person is very specifically told to not judge, not hold onto laws if it’s as the cost to human life/ dignity, not to persecute those who are different, and not to be conservative about cultural traditions, and to never h**e.

Yet the far right Christians always seem to preach about hatred of gays, immigrants, gender, anything left wing, and hold onto the conservative past in exactly the same way Jesus didn’t.

It makes absolutely no sense. I understand them not being ok with gay marriage from a religious point of view, but I don’t get anyone who says gay people can’t be legally married and adopt kids.

There’s nothing in the rules about that (and don’t hit me with the questionable translated Leviticus bit that Jesus clearly showed his policy was more important than).”

12. Not getting it.

“The twin paradox.

In physics, the twin paradox is a thought experiment in special relativity involving identical twins, one of whom makes a journey into space in a high-speed rocket and returns home to find that the twin who remained on Earth has aged more.

The closest I got to kinda getting the solution was the Fermilabs video, but I still don’t really get it.”

13. What’s out there?

“Fermi Paradox.

If the universe is constantly expanding at the rate we believe it to be, then there would be infinite amounts of alien species, and the likelihood that we encounter such a species is incredibly high.

On the flip side, if the universe is constantly expanding at the rate we believe it to be, the likelihood we encounter an alien species is so vast an expanse is incredibly small.”

Are there any paradoxes that make your brain hurt?

Share them with us in the comments!

Thanks a lot!