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Ethereum’s co-founder just solved the ‘chicken and egg’ question on Twitter, and he’s not stopping there

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Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of cryptocurrency Ethereum, is having a blast on Twitter. 

An active tweeter, Buterin uses the platform to announce news about Ethereum, but also to crack jokes or debate almost anything. On Tuesday, he decided to tackle some ancient logical paradoxes, including the eternal “chicken or egg” dilemma and the omnipotence paradox. 

“The correct resolution to the “can an omnipotent god make a rock so heavy that even he cannot lift it?” paradox is: yes, he can, but as soon as the rock is created he will no longer be omnipotent, he’ll be ‘omnipotent except for that darn rock,” Buterin tweeted. 

That sounds simple and elegant enough, but I’ve seen enough similar arguments to know this wasn’t going to be that easy. And of course, within minutes, critics chimed in. 

“The concept of omnipotent isn’t revocable. It can have self imposed limits, like a king can make a rule that he has to follow until he changes the rule,” said one commenter. And thus started the debate, which you can read by following the entire thread on Twitter. 

We’re not entirely sure who won, but both blokes sound pretty smart, so we’ll call it a tie. 

Before the argument was done, someone just had to stir the waters some more with a different paradox, and Buterin readily obliged. 

Sounds pretty reasonable? Well, maybe in this universe. Buterin, the smarty pants that he is, just had to include other universes into the problem, making it infinitely more mind-blowing. 

At this point, I’m not even sure I even know the correct definition of “chicken.”

Buterin concluded his paradox-smashing rant with another classic. 

I guess this comment sums it up: 

Yes, Kevin. Yes you have. 

What’s fun about Buterin’s social presence is that he seems to tackle light subjects such as these with equal zest as actual problems in the cryptocurrency space. Just days ago, with a few comments on Github, he solved an important problem in Ethereum competitor’s EOS’ consensus mechanism, prompting that project’s founder Daniel Larimer to publicly thank him.

Elon Musk, you have a serious competitor here. 

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