Self-referential post

Posted: 15/12/2010 in Just for fun, Philosophy
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This is a self-referential post. What does this mean?

Self-referentialism is something that refers to itself. And because this post is going to talk about this subject, so it is going to talk about itself, thus it is a ‘self-referential post’ and it is by itself a first example of self-referentialism. 

In General, an overview of a self-referential system is given by herbheinz:

self-referential System

Self-referentialism may at first seem difficult to grasp. Gradually, however, by referring to itself and nothing else, it makes its point. It’s not something that refers to something that’s not itself . In fact, it’s not even anything that does not refer to something that’s itself. It IS itself. But to truly understand, you must comprehend the understanding itself. No overview of self-referentialism would not be complete if it did not include nothing else.

In Literature, the most known example of self-referentialism is a story by David Moser (Here is its title and its first paragraph):

This Is the Title of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times in the Story Itself.

This is the first sentence of this story. This is the second sentence. This is the title of this story, which is also found several times in the story itself. This sentence is questioning the intrinsic value of the first two sentences. This sentence is to inform you, in case you haven’t already realized it, that this is a self-referential story, that is, a story containing sentences that refer to their own structure and function. This is a sentence that provides an ending to the first paragraph (Continue reading the full story here …)

In Maths, we have also a self-referential formula. It is called Tupper’s Self-Referential Formula. Here it is:

Tupper’s Self-Referential Formula

Well, doesn’t seams that magical? Try to plot it, you will get this:

plot of Tupper’s self-referential

If you want to read more about Tupper’s Self-Referential Formula, visit this link.

In Programming, a recursive function is an example of self-referentialism.  The most knowns are: factorial, FibonacciTowers of Hanoi, etc… (more here)

On the Internet, we can find lot of weird self-referentialisms. Here some of them:

In Logic, a Self-Referential Aptitude Test can be found here. It is a test written by Jim Propp with a unique solution, and in some cases the knowledge that the solution is unique can actually give you a short-cut to finding the answer to a particular question, but it’s possible to find the unique solution even without making use of the fact that the solution is unique. Wondering about the solution of this test? Check the solution here.

Self-referential Street art is a street art (graffiti, stickers, paste-ups) that is self-conscious about its status, or not, as art. It is self-referential in that it comments on its own conditions, media, and quality. It is a street art that demonstrates awareness of itself and goes beyond images, brands, tags and logos. Self-referential street art takes street art to a new level, not of quality images, but in the depth of thought. Here are some examples:

Graffiti of an artist making graffiti which is itself a graffiti

Wall definition graffiti on a wall

In Art, self-referentialism also exists. Here are some examples:

Frames in a frame

A hand drawing a hand drawing…

Self-referentialism has also intruded Everyday’s objects: Check these cool T-shirts:

Self-Referential T-shirt

Another self-Referential T-shirt

Here are some old self-referential classic quotes:

  • I’m the humblest person I know.
  • I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.
  • The workshop on procrastination has been cancelled, as no-one got around to enrolling.
  • Anyone who visits a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
  • We never make misteaks.
  • 87.5% of all statistics are made up.
  • Here, take this placebo.
  • The technical term for “being unable to remember the word you want” is, uh …
  • There are three types of people in the world: those who can count and those who can’t.
  • The two rules for success are:1. Never tell them everything you know.
  • There are 10 types of people: those who understand binary and those who don’t.
  • We Poms hate being called whingers.
  • Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
  • There should be a rule that we don’t talk about politics.

Self-referentialism and Paradoxeshere.


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