The Sorites paradox: an event that shows how logic can fail in practice

A paradox that shows us that the logic we always trust is not enough at times, the Sorites Paradox.
The sorites paradox is also known as the mass paradox. the essence is based on questioning the belief that language is in a structure that determines objects by their limits or quantities.

"Who do we call bald?", "What time is it too late?", "What is the difference between the hill and the mountain?" These concepts (qualifications), which we frequently use in the language we use and which do not have absolute limits, distances us from clear expressions.

For example, when we see a truckload of sand, we say that its amount is too much. But what if we get a granule sand out of it? There is one thing that is certain: the huge amount of sand we have just mentioned has decreased, albeit one. but we still say that it is too much sand. whereas logic commands us that as a result of something coming out of something, the amount is decreasing and we should consider it less than before.

consequently logic is not a useful tool to cover such judgments. In this paradox, this problem is asked to be revealed.
This is a paradox that throws a solid crochet on our common sense and common intuition.

"Who do we call bald above?" Let's take the question. How many hair do you lose is called bald? "Ahmet is bald." The sentence can be said to mean many situations from low hair to no hair. So there is a mismatch with binary logic and instead there is a more flexible, true-to-relative situation.

Similarly, it is not possible to distinguish long from short, weak from fat and rich from poor. where it starts and ends, where the border is uncertain.

lütfi zade (1965): "As complexity increases, exact expressions lose meaning, meaningful expressions lose accuracy."

"Ahmet is bald." when the sentence expresses certainty it is meaningless. because there is no answer to "when do we call bald". "Ahmet is bald." is not certain if the sentence is meaningful because there is no answer to "when we call bald".
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