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    EAT HIM. If he tried to, then her answer would be correct and he has to let him go. If he does not, her answer will be incorrect, but he still cannot eat him without making her answer correct. So he has to let him go. Just a variation on "how are you want to die?"

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    I say she should just own the croc...


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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    EAT HIM. If he tried to, then her answer would be correct and he has to let him go. If he does not, her answer will be incorrect, but he still cannot eat him without making her answer correct. So he has to let him go.
    At which point her answer becomes incorrect, and he gets to eat the kid.

    Except he can't, because then she'd be right, and he'd have to give him back...

    and so on?

    To me, the story illustrates the limits of "pure" logic. The resolution isn't that the croc has to give the child back, the resolution is a logic loop. The mom & the croc toss the kid back & forth.

    But in any real-world application, you can fall back on psychology. Which takes you to Cookie's first answer, "I wouldn't believe him for he is not to be trusted". In real life, the croc will say something like:

    "you know when I told you I'd give him back?"

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    "I lied."

    Since when do predators surrender their prey, unless confronted with superior force?


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    Macman,

    Since you like puzzles and so do I, their is a key word in the croc story. Did you pick it up? If you studied Homer you should get it. How it is then applied is alittle different. It is interesting.

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    It is similar to the Greek's argument that you can never cross a room and get to the other side, because you go half way, then half of the half, then half of the remainder, etc. and since there would always be a half left you would be stuck. If you mean "sophist" it can either refer to an expert /philosopher, or one dealing in illogical arguments.
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    And then there is the story about the blond who decided to get her own alligator shoes, because they cost too much at the store.

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    Wow, that bites.

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    The blond is on one side of the highway and hj is on the other with non stop cars whizzing by, hj yells over to the blond, "how do I get on the other side..." after a few moments the blond yells back "silly...you are on the other side..."


    The correct reply to the alligator will be posted later today....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post

    A slim crocodile living in the Nile took a child. His mother begged to have him back. The crocodile could not only talk, but was also a great sophist and stated, "If you guess correctly what I will do with him, I will return him. However, if you don't predict his fate correctly, I'll eat him." What statement should the mother make to save her child?

    What if the mother predicts the croc will return the boy? If the croc does indeed return him, the mother was correct and thus the croc returns the kid.

    Or am I missing something?

    Seeing the croc described as slim suggests he returns more children than he eats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    The correct reply to the alligator will be posted later today....

    I think you are on to something with the whole slim thing.

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    OK here is the answer to...

    A slim crocodile living in the Nile took a child. His mother begged to have him back. The crocodile could not only talk, but was also a great sophist and stated, "If you guess correctly what I will do with him, I will return him. However, if you don't predict his fate correctly, I'll eat him." What statement should the mother make to save her child?

    The only correct statment the mother can give is "I guess you will do with him what ever you decide"

    No mater what the crock decides...it is the childs fate...it is the correctly predicted guess...he must give up the child...


    Remember the question was what statement, not what answer, should the mother give..........
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    How far can a 3 legged dog run into the woods??
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    reguardless of the # of legs he has he can only run 1/2 way in...after that he is running out...

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    And if you call the dog's tail a leg, how many legs does he have?

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