Throughout much of my youth, I spent exploring the limitations of my mind, the restrictions of logic in defining the undefinable. This is what I learnt:
In order to go beyond the mind you must first learn to understand it.
Previously, I wrote an article on 8 paradoxical truths and how they perfectly embody the fragility of logic. In my search for these paradoxical truths, I came across a curious word: Antimetaboles. In rhetoric circles they refer to Antimetaboles as the “Chanticleer Fallacy“; after the rooster who thought his crowing made the sun come up.
“Antimetabole” is derived from a Greek word which means “turning about“. It is a literary term that involves repeating a phrase in reverse order to cheat logic, for example: because B follows A, A must have caused B. You will find it used throughout history by those who were trying to convincingly make a statement. Some are wise and others slightly foolish, but I’ll let you be the judge.
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Have you come across any other interesting Antimetaboles? Or maybe have some of your own? Please share them in the comments below!