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Posted By: Mr Red
10-Apr-13 - 12:18 PM
Thread Name: BS: Stupid riddle but can you explain it?
Subject: BS: Stupid riddle but can you explain it?
I don't believe this! Can anyone explain it to me?
from the New Scientist
Consider the following question, which tests the ambiguity effect: Jack is looking at Anne but Anne is looking at George. Jack is married but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person? Possible answers are "yes", "no", or "cannot be determined". The vast majority of people will say it "cannot be determined", simply because it is the first answer that comes to mind but careful deduction shows the answer is "yes".

My confusion - married looks at indeterminate
indeterminate looks at unmarried

without any more data I can place unmarried behind married so how can married see him? Even if indeterminate is married to married (unstated) we cannot determine it without that data and it is not stated.

Confused - you will be.