Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Apples and Oranges Puzzle Solution

Pick a fruit from the box labeled ‘Apples and Oranges’. This box HAS to have only apples or only oranges. Suppose you get an orange. Now, this box has to be ‘Only Oranges’. The box actually labeled ‘Only Oranges’ has to be ‘Only Apples’ and the box labeled ‘Only Apples’ has to ‘Apples and Oranges’. Similar solution if you pick and apple.

Problem.

The Apples and Oranges Puzzle

There are three boxes. One of them has only apples. One of them has only oranges. And the third one has both apples and oranges. The boxes are labeled but, and here is the important part, they are ALL labeled incorrectly. Of course, since it’s a puzzle you can’t look inside the boxes and find out which is which. What you can do is pick one fruit and only one fruit from any box of your liking. With this single sampling, can you tell correctly which box is which? And how?

Solution.

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Allure of Video Games

Let me briefly summarize why people like playing video games (computer games, gaming consoles of all kinds included). Feel free to add more in the comments.

1. Fantasizing: People like living imaginary lives. In a game, you could be anything. A soldier, a thief or an ancient warlock. People can never be in real life.

2. Making second choices: Games give you a chance of correcting what you did wrong. You can go back and play that level again. Real life doesn’t give you second chances.

3. Attainable goals: Games give you goals that are attainable. If a goal is not attainable you make them so by shifting the slider to the ‘easy’ or ‘noob’ level. Goals in real life don’t have adjustable difficulty. Sometimes goals aren’t even well defined. Sometimes there are no goals, let along attaining them.