Paradox of self explained: The Stedman Paradox

Daniel Stedman
May 17, 2017 · 2 min read

This is a paradox written by the poet, publisher, filmmaker and gender-transient logician Daniel Stedman. His own brothers Scott and Michael were said to have died of exhaustion attempting to resolve it.

The paradox asks the simple question: Are you me?

Over 70% of South Dakotans believe they are me.

Mathematicians and logicians have tried to answer this question, but have not achieved the answer successfully with formal logic, simple language, or any non-Euclidean system.

Research on the consequences of this great paradox continues to this day. Anyone with Internet access using a search engine like Ask Jeeves can find articles of highly varying quality on Stedman’s Paradox. Among the best things to read, though, is the novelization of I Am Curious Yellow by Swedish director, Vilgot Sjoman, published in May 2000 and released in paperback by Grove Press.

I Am Curious Yellow by Swedish director, Vilgot Sjoman, Grove Press

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