Riddle Time With Rhea

Rhea Patel

Nick Wille, Federico Ramirez, Steve Tran

February 15, 2017 - February 22, 2017

WOK Badge: Reason

Progress Journal

Day 1 (02.15.2017):

The main point of our WOK focusing on reason, is to show how important reasoning is in one’s life and how it factors into decision making, thoughts, ideas, beliefs. I think that it is important to understand that everyone uses a different degree of reason in their lives and for everyone it may not be the same. This reason or lack of may determine how one understands things around them and maybe affects the way they approach a situation.

Day 2 (02.17.2017):

My plan is to research different paradoxes and look at different scenarios. We are wanting to research lateral thinking and cover our project over that topic. An idea we have is to test other people on the way they think. We will pull up many different puzzles and riddles that require lateral thinking and maybe other ways of thinking and test them on students and the way they think. Because everyone uses reason in different ways and in different situations, the data should show how reason is a big factor in the way one comprehends and interprets what he/she knows and is encountering.

I learned that when given lateral thinking puzzles, a lot of thinking is required. What we need to do now is go to different people and give them lateral thinking puzzles and riddles to answer. We will observe their answers and then ask again on monday or tuesday. Once we have asked the first set of five questions to a handful of people we will take down notes. We will again ask a second set of five questions to the same handful of people after the weekend and see if their is a change in their response. We will be documenting our results on paper and discussing them altogether. Each subject (participant) will have 2.5 minutes to answer each question and will be allowed to ask yes or no questions towards the final answer.

Day 3 (02.22.2017):

Today I learned about reason and memory. The different presentations were every interesting and the approaches taken were unique.

Doing this WOK, I learned a lot specifically about reason and how it is an important way of knowing. I learned that using reason is instinctive and can be used in many different ways to a different degree depending on the person and their knowledge on the topic. The extra information given on a subject is very helpful when it comes to understanding something and logically and reasonably coming to a conclusion.


Trial 1, First set of lateral thinking riddles:

On a Friday, I asked my test subject the first set of 5 lateral thinking riddles with his permission to be used in my presentation and my portfolio. He was given 2.5 minutes for each question, and the permission to be able to ask as many yes or no questions needed. Over the weekend I let him dwell on the subject, and on the Tuesday when we came back from the 3 day weekend, I asked him a second set of 5 different lateral thinking questions. This time though, I asked him to read an article on Lateral Thinking as well as explained to him the process of coming up with an answer. the results of the second trial were significantly better than those of the first trial.

1. One day a man received a parcel in the post. Carefully packed inside was a human arm. He examined it, repacked it and then sent it on to another man. The second man also carefully examined the arm before taking it to the woods and burying it. Why did they do this?

Close Answer: 3/5 points

2. A man lives on the tenth floor of a building. Every day he takes the elevator to go down to the ground floor to go to work or to go shopping. When he returns he takes the elevator to the seventh floor and walks up the stairs to reach his apartment on the tenth floor. He hates walking so why does he do it?

Close Answer: 3/5 points

3. A man wearing a scuba suit is found dead in the middle of a forest. What happened?

Close Answer: 3/5 points

4. In your cellar there are three light switches in the OFF position. Each switch controls one of three light bulbs on the floor above. You may move any of the switches but you may only go upstairs to inspect the bulbs one time. How can you determine the switch for each bulb with one inspection?

Close Answer: 3/5 points

5. Antony and Cleopatra are lying dead on the floor of a villa in Egypt. Nearby is a broken bowl. There is no mark on either of their bodies and they were not poisoned. How did they die?

Answer is Far Off: 1/5 points

Overall Score: 13/25

Trial 2, Second set of lateral thinking riddles:

1. A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day of the same year. But they were not twins. How could this be so?

Close Answer: 3/5 points

2. A man is lying dead in a field. Next to him there is an unopened package. There is no other creature in the field. How did he die?

Close Answer: 3/5 points

3. A man pushed his car. He stopped when he reached a hotel at which point he knew he was bankrupt. Why?

Correct Answer: 5/5 points

4. Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on the lawn. Nobody put them on the lawn but there is a perfectly logical reason why they should be there. What is it?

Correct Answer: 5/5 points

5. Two boxers are in a boxing match. The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds, but ends after one boxer knocks out the other boxer. Yet no man throws a punch. How is this possible?

Correct Answer: 5/5 points

Overall Score: 21/25


The Long Reach of Reason, A ted talk by Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

This Ted Talk provided great information on how reason is used in real-life situations. it talked about the importance of reason and it's affect on people and the world today.

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