Special interestWhat happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
      – George, 2009-01-25 at 07:24:47   (5 comments)

On 2009-01-25 at 07:25:10, George wrote...
This question features in an excellent Ian Banks novel, 'Walking on Glass'. The 'correct' answer is presented near the end of the book.
On 2009-01-25 at 10:12:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Taken literally, you would have a paradox. A paradox is a contradiction which, if applied to the real world, simply means that it cannot happen - otherwise it wouldn't be a paradox. A similar thing is true with the predestination paradox in time travel - we think we don't know the answer because it would require conflicting things to happen simultaneously, but it's just a case of acknowledging that such an event couldn't happen in the first place.
On 2009-01-26 at 01:33:22, BorgClown wrote...
I know the down-to-Earth answer, but now I want to read that novel to see how did the author manage to keep the answer from being obvious until the end.
On 2009-01-26 at 23:59:50, Thelevellers wrote...
Dammit, another Ian Banks novel on my to read list... *shuffles off to bed to finish his current book*
On 2009-02-12 at 15:21:17, DigitalBoss wrote...
Higher taxes!