Friday, May 16, 2003

Further proof of my non-linearity in reasoning:

David is the son of Jane. Jane is the ________ of David's mother. (Fill in the blank.)

My answer: Logical equivalent (with an argument to back it up if need be)

The 'proper' answer: Name

I never did think very straight when it came to simple things. And it was just over five minutes later after I gave my friend who came up with this brainteaser (if it can be called as such) my answer that I realised that there was a logical fallacy in my own argument - that Jane had to be a female name, when there's no absolute law that decrees it as such.

Good to know that my university education hasn't gone entirely to waste.

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