[lit-ideas] Re: Try a Logic Problem

  • From: "Lloyd Mitchell" <rmitchell@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 09:41:06 -0700

Simon -

First time I saw the problem was in  Reader's Digest, well over 50 years ago
(!) - long before Copi. In that version the reward for the right answer was
freedom; the penalty for the wrong one was execution.

Lloyd Mitchell


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Simon Ward" <sedward@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 5:14 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Try a Logic Problem


> But surely, if as a result of correctly naming the colour of their hat
> prisoners would get amnesty, rather than declaring their ignorance, they
> would have a guess. P1 would likely guess at white and have a fair chance
of
> success. P2, hearing P1 get it right (or wrong) and hearing his answer
would
> have a better idea, leaving P3 to apply not just logic, but also
> probability.
>
> This is the kind of answer that used to really get Larry Kramer riled.
>
> Simon
>
>
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