We all love paradoxes, those seemingly consistent logical brain-teasers where sorting out what can and should and might and must happen leads to self-contradictory arguments.

If you are like me and my friends, there is nothing you enjoy more than sitting around during half-time of the Steelers game and arguing over Maxwell’s Demon – the many ways to violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics, namely that heat transfer happens, from warmer to colder, until equilibrium is reached.  If I put an ice pack next to Ben Roethlisberger’s blazing hot 145 third down QBR (Total Quarterback Rating), for example, the ice pack will not cool down, it will warm up.  So it has always been, so shall it must be. It is common sense. 


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