Ulam Paradox

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The famous mathematician Stanislaw Ulam thought of the following paradox, which is now known as the Ulam Paradox: When President Richard Nixon was appointed to office, on the first day he met his cabinet he said to them: ‘None of you are yes-men, are you?’ And they all said, ‘NO!’

— Raymond Smullyan, A Mixed Bag, 2016

[Reblogged from The Futility Closet]

Memory and JFK

JFKYesterday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Watching some of the newscasts being replayed yesterday, one theme that was often repeated was that the event was so important and shocking that we would never forget it as long as we lived. Really? Another related theme was that you would always remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard of the killing of the President.

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