From: William Hudson
Subject: Reminder: HCI/UX-Related Logic Puzzle
I'm still desperate for responses to this logic puzzle (I want to compare the results to a different form of the same puzzle, that had 200,000 responses!).
So if you haven't done so already, please consider spending a few minutes trying to solve it. It's good for your brain :)
Please distribute widely. I will share the results and their implications for HCI and User Experience.
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Associate Lecturer, The Open University
1. Each block has one colored face that is either red or blue and the others are neither (they're natural grain wood or black or something)
2. Each block has a red face, there's another face that is blue, & the others are neither
3. Each face of block B is either red or blue
Maybe none of those really matter. My friend Andrew did this & his answer was different from mine.
I originally said I'd have to know the color of block B. I wonder what kind of faulty logic I have for saying that.
Andrews reasoning was that "the red-or-blue color for B is under A or over C to be non-visible, but it has to be either red or blue, no? So it's either top-down red-red-blue or red-blue-blue," either of which results in a red directly over a blue, making the answer "yes".
I wasn't sure it had to be either red or blue. Do you think that is assumed?
To me it was more like "I have three citrus fruits in a row, lemon on top, lime on the bottom, is the middle one a lime or a lemon?" It doesn't SAY there might be oranges or strawberries, but I said I couldn't rule the possibility out until I knew if the middle fruit was yellow or green.
I must say, even talking through all this illustrates a LOT to me about how I think.
For those who haven't heard, on Monday and Tuesday, Homeless Cat Management Team, alerted by a neighbor, joined with police and humane officers to remove 39 emaciated cats from a home in Brookline. In addition, one dead kitten was found in the basement, and 11 more were found in the trash. The home owner had moved out before Easter.
Neighbors, alerted to the situation by at least one starving cat who'd squeezed out a window, had been trying to feed the cats by dumping food through an open window - the only reason any were still alive.
The cats had been interbreeding, probably for generations. Many of the cats are polydactyl; some have deformed paws as the result of polydactyl cats interbreeding. Most are adults. One lone small kitten survived, along with several older kittens, approximately 6 months old, who are barely 2 lbs (the size of a 2-month old).
The Homeless Cat Management Team in Pittsburgh is caring for 33 of the cats (a neighbor adopted the heroic window-escapee, and Animal Friends took 6). Most of the surviving cats are emaciated and filthy but relatively healthy considering their situation. HCMT isn't a shelter; their mission is primarily TNR, along with fostering and adopting out trapped friendly cats. As such, they are not particularly outfitted to house 30+ cats.
How You Can Help
If you're in the Pittsburgh area and can foster one of these poor animals in your spare room, laundry room, extra bathroom, or a large dog crate, let me know, and I can get you a Pittsburgh CAT fostering application.
If you cannot foster, please consider donating to help defer the costs of care. Go to http://www.homelesscat.org/donate-to-hcmt.html and donate through JustGive or PayPal, or send donations directly to our Paypal address, email@example.com. You can also donate from our Amazon wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/37Q5P2O650QOV/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ws_Renkxb0X31ZH7
If you cannot foster or donate, I hope you will share this in the hope of reaching others who can. We very much appreciate anything you can do!
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