Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Category Paradox

This is something I've wondered for a long time. Is there such a thing as being uncategorized? Defying categories? Is it impossible? Because, even if you defy all normal categories, you'll still be in a category- the uncategorized category, the category of those who defied the rest, but still ended up in a category. Can you ever be uncategorized? Is uncategorized a category? The word uncategorized is a paradox! Because, it means you can't be categorized so you go under the category of not being in any category which means this category is nonexistent, but it does exist, and so... and... GAAAAH!

I have to stop before my poor little brain implodes.


  1. I think the word you are looking for is uncategorizable. Maybe?

  2. This is an excellent post, Chris. You're following after Bertand Russell and Kurt Godel. Russell's Paradox actually had to do with sets and the set of all sets that were not members of themselves.

    Congratulations on a job well done.